Idaho receives $37 million to improve airports

BOISE, ID - The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded $37 million in grants to Idaho airports from the Airport Improvement Program. The grants include about $7 million to the Boise Airport.

In all, 24 recipients received 33 FAA-AIP grants to maintain and improve Idaho’s airport facilities. This is the culmination of a joint federal, state, and local airport process to address air transportation in Idaho, officials said.

“Idaho’s quality airport system requires regular investment,” Idaho Division of Aeronautics Administrator Mike Pape stated. “With that level of interest and commitment, Idaho will keep and improve a world-renowned airport system that services the citizens of Idaho to meet goals for mobility, safety, and economic opportunity.”

Some highlights of the grant include:
- Idaho's six primary (passenger) airports received 14 grants totaling $28,961,834.
- Idaho's federally-eligible General Aviation airports received 18 grants for 17 airports totaling $7,619,553.
- The Idaho Division of Aeronautics received a grant for $410,000.

More than $22 million of the total was the result of grants for major projects at airports around the state.

The Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field received $3,670,55 to rehabilitate an aircraft rescue and firefighting building -- as well as $3,117,000 to rehabilitate a taxiway

The Idaho Falls Regional Airport received $7,813,597 to rehabilitate a taxiway and install guidance signs.

The Lewiston-Nez Perce County airport received $4,141,000 to construct buildings for aircraft rescue/firefighting and snow removal equipment –- as well as an additional $750,000 to acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting Vehicle

The Magic Valley Regional Airport will receive $800,000 to construct a taxiway and acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle

The McCall Municipal Airport is receiving $1,147,500 to reconstruct an apron and

The Pocatello Regional Airport is receiving $998,437 to rehabilitate two runways, reconstruct two taxiways, and acquire snow-removal equipment.

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