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 $300,000 in federal block grant funds to
Hickory Regional Airport for a capital improvement project.
funds will be used to construct a fuel farm at the airport for fueling all
types of aircraft. The sale of fuel is a major source of revenue for the
is an incredibly important project for the airport,” said Division of Aviation
Director Richard Walls. “The ability to service aircraft is critical to the airport’s
success and viability.”
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 through the
program to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital
Regional Airport has an approximate $50.5 million a year total impact on North
Carolina and supports nearly 493 jobs, based on a 2006 statewide economic
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.