RALEIGH — As part of the N.C. Department of
Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina,
the N.C. Division of Aviation awarded $3.65 million in federal block grant
funds to the Cape Fear Regional Airport in Oak Island for a capital improvement
funds will be used to construct a full parallel taxiway along the recently
extended runway. The 5,500-foot taxiway
will significantly improve airplane traffic flow at the airport by providing a dedicated
access to the runway.
Fear Regional Airport is one our fastest growing general aviation airports,”
said Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls. “It continues to get more and
larger aircraft, so a full parallel taxiway is one of our division’s highest
funds came from a $22.8 million Federal Aviation Administration block grant
that the Division of Aviation received at the end of September and will
administer. The Division will be awarding multiple sub grants to general
aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement
Fear Regional Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $26.2
million a year impact on North Carolina and supports more than 260 jobs, based
on a 2006 statewide economic impact study.
Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office
in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $125 million in funding
to state airports. These funds enable airports across the state to provide
improvements that support economic development and job opportunities.
more information on North Carolina aviation, visit www.ncdot.gov/aviation