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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today joined Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) to announce that eight Arkansas airports will receive over $4.1 million from the Federal Aviation Administration to support facility upgrades and expansions. 

“Arkansas airports play a central role in advancing our state’s economic capabilities,” Pryor said. “By making these infrastructure investments, we are ensuring that our local airports can continue to meet the growing needs of Arkansas’s businesses and travelers.” 

“These grants will provide Arkansas’s airports with safety and efficiency improvements to meet the demands placed on our infrastructure,” Boozman said. “These airport investments are important for long term growth and development in Arkansas as we continue to recruit businesses to our state.” 

“Investing in our transportation infrastructure is essential, and these grants will allow our airports to update and expand, ensuring they are able to support and encourage Arkansas’s economy and population as they continue to grow,” said Womack. 

This funding is supported by the FY14 omnibus appropriations bill, which was signed into law in January. The airports receiving funding are as follows: 

  • Calico Rock: Calico Rock-Izard County Airport will receive $351,378 to widen its taxiway, eliminating the need for aircrafts to back-taxi. 
  • Fordyce: Fordyce Municipal Airport will receive $438,079 to widen its taxiway, eliminating the need for aircrafts to back-taxi. 
  • Mena: Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport will receive $270,000 to update its master plan and identify future airport needs. 
  • Northwest Arkansas: Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport will receive $2,208,611 to widen a taxi lane, allowing larger aircrafts to access the concourse, and to cover terminal expansion costs that were incurred to meet current airport passenger demand.
  • Paris: Paris Municipal Airport will receive $486,000 to rehabilitate and widen its runway.
  • Searcy: Searcy County Airport in Marshall will receive $159,636 to rehabilitate its runway.
  • Waldron: Waldron Municipal Airport will receive $40,500 to rehabilitate its runway and taxiway and fully reconstruct the apron pavement.
  • Woodruff: Woodruff County Airport will receive $157,500 to install weather reporting equipment and to rehabilitate its runway.


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