Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce $2.4 Million for Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International AirportThursday, August 03, 2017
U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that Kalamazoo County will receive $2,458,304 to rehabilitate runways at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program.
“This investment will make traveling to and from Southwest Michigan safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”
“This airport provides vital opportunities for businesses and residents in West Michigan by boosting tourism and economic development in the region,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “This funding will support the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek Airport in its efforts to improve runways and continue providing safe and reliable air travel for residents and visitors.”
The Runway Incursion Management program helps airports reduce the risk of runway incursions. Incursions occur when an aircraft, vehicle, or person enters the protected area of an airport designated for aircraft landings and take offs. The FAA has developed an updated inventory of airport locations where runway incursions have occurred and is now working with airports on mitigation strategies. More information about the Runway Incursion Mitigation Program can be found at https://www.faa.gov/airports/special_programs/rim/.
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