Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Mobile Regional Airport (KMOB) gets new $5 million Federal Aviation Administration grant

Mobile Regional Airport has received a federal grant of $5 million, with the money earmarked to pay for runway improvements and firefighting equipment.

The award puts Mobile Regional near the top in terms of money received from the Federal Aviation Administration this year, with only Huntsville International Airport receiving more.

According to information released Wednesday by the office of U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, the new grant of $4,894,290 will go toward the "rehabilitation" of runway 15/33 "to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris." It also will pay for a replacement aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, and upgrades to the runway 15/33 lighting system.

The grant adds to $3,425,440 awarded in May for the same purposes, bringing the total awarded this year to Mobile Regional to $8,319,730.

Based on a year-to-date tally of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants, that appears to put Mobile Regional second behind Huntsville International Airport. The Huntsville facility received $6,495,151 in May, designated for the construction of a new taxiway, and $3,706,792 in July, for a new interactive training system and various other upgrades. Those two grants total $10,201,943.

Other top recipients in the state are Auburn University Regional Airport, which received $3.0 million for taxiway improvements and Montgomery Regional Airport, which received $3.6 million for fencing, access road and runway work. Airports in Alexander, Bay Minette, Dothan, Eufala and Fayette received grants of between $1.2 and $1.6 million each.

A request for comment from the Mobile Airport Authority was pending.

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