Division of Aviation Awards $250,000 to Asheville Regional Airport for Runway Relocation Project Planning Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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 $250,000 in State Aid to Airports funds to Asheville Regional Airport for a capital improvement project.

The funds will be used in the planning process for the airport’s major runway relocation project. This funding will provide a state match to Federal Airport Improvement Program funding the airport received for overall safety and capacity improvements projects.

The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. This program 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 planning. The Division has awarded multiple grants through the program to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

Asheville Regional Airport has an approximate $238 million a year cumulative total impact on North Carolina and supports more than 2,400 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.

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