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 $545,000 in State Aid to Airports program
funds to Duplin County Airport in Kenansville for a capital improvement project.
The funds will be used to replace
the airport’s terminal building. The original block building was built in 1974
when the airport first opened and a “stucco” addition was added in a remodeling
project in 1989-90. The Division of Aviation approved the airport’s request to
proceed with a new design in December 2010. The airport worked with engineering
firm W.K. Dickson and selected MBAJ Architecture, which designed
Shelby-Cleveland County Airport’s terminal, to design the new terminal.
is powerful project for the local community” said Aviation Director Richard
Walls. “I am excited to see this project
get started as it will really improve the airport.”
Aid to Airports is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. It provides
funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving
municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to
authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range
Division will be awarding multiple grants through the program to general
aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement
County Airport is a general aviation facility that has an approximate $9.6
million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 70
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.