During their meeting on June 25, the Tyler City Council unanimously approved a resolution clearing the way for the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport to accept a $2.8 million Airport Improvement Program Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This request was also unanimously approved by the Airport Advisory Board at their meeting held June 3.
The FAA grant will be used to fund up to 95% of the cost for the following projects:
- Design and clearing of the Runway Visibility Zone (RVZ);
- Phase III of the Perimeter Road Construction Project; and,
- Design services for the Runway 4/22 Runway Safety Area Project.
The total cost of the projects is $3,002,848. The resolution approved by the City Council provided for the City's match payment of 5 percent or $150,142. The balance of the project costs will be paid for with funds from the FAA grant.
In the last five years, the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport has received more that $13 million in grants from the FAA.
"This is an exciting development for the Airport," said Airport Manager Davis Dickson. "These projects are all part of the Airport's Master Plan. Receiving this funding allows us to move the projects forward in an expedited manner."
The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport was recently named Airport of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration. It serves 150,000 travelers per year and has up to 11 flights per day. Service is provided by American Eagle Airlines and Continental with service to Houston and Dallas with worldwide connectivity.