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Tyler Pounds Regional Airport receives $9.6 million grant

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Tyler City Council has authorized Tyler Pounds Regional Airport to accept a new FAA Grant totaling more than $9.6 million.

The majority of the grant will be used for reconstruction of the airport's longest runway - portions of which date back to World War II. 

“Runway 4/22 is one of our main runways for the commercial air carriers and higher performance aircraft in Tyler,” said Davis Dickson, Airport Manager.

“This rehabilitation project is crucial for the future growth of the airport. Once the reconstruction is complete, the runway pavement will be rated to handle larger aircraft plus have a precision approach for landings during inclement weather,” he said.

The grant may be the largest ever received by Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

“Tyler Pounds Regional Airport posted a 14.9 percent increase in passenger boardings for 2013 and the growth trend continues in 2014,” said Dickson. “Not only are we seeing growth in commercial aviation activity, we also see similar growth in the private aviation sector. Having reliable aviation infrastructure is very important for our city and the region.”

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