(KNSI) – The St. Cloud Regional Airport is getting $3.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to reconstruct two taxiways, Minnesota’s Sixth District Congressman Tom Emmer announced on his website Wednesday.
In a statement, Emmer says, “The St. Cloud Regional Airport offers quality and necessary service to Central Minnesota and the surrounding region, including support to our Minnesota Army National Guard. Regional airports serve as a critical connection for Americans in rural areas. Reconstructing two taxiways at the St. Cloud Airport will ensure the viability of this airfield for years to come. The help this airport supplies to the broader community bolsters the local economy, and this investment will help sustain the airport and support the region.”
The money will be used for the reconstruction of Taxiways C and D, which St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis calls a “great project,” and he says everyone is “excited to put some local contractors back to work while enhancing airport safety at the same time.”
The main runway was lengthened to 7,000 feet and resurfaced with concrete in 2000. A secondary runway is 3,000 feet with an asphalt surface.
Allegiant Airlines operates commercial flights out of the airport to Phoenix/Mesa, Arizona, and Punta Gorda, Florida. Service to a new destination, Destin/Fort Walton, Florida beings in June 2021.
Last year, the airport received just over $1 million in CARES Act funding for operating expenses to cover losses from landing fees and user fees.
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