U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today announced a second grant for the Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The new grant, totaling $436,189, will fund the design of a taxiway extension, which will allow for more space to park airplanes during peak times, and will also fund the design to rehabilitate the airport apron, or aircraft parking spaces.
"The Augusta Regional Airport has seen it's passenger traffic increase dramatically in recent years," said Congressman Barrow. "To ensure that our facility remains competitive, we must continue to make investments in its future, and that begins by rehabilitating and updating our existing infrastructure. I'm committed to making Augusta Regional a first-class regional airport, because our entire community depends on it for business and personal use. I congratulate them for this award, and I look forward to seeing the airport grow in the coming years."
"We would like to thank Congressman Barrow for his support in securing the funding to move forward with plans to extend the Airport's taxiway alpha (A)," said Gary LeTellier, Executive Director, Augusta Regional Airport. "The Airport has seen a 106% passenger increase since 2006. With this project the taxiway will be extended 2,700 feet and will allow for much needed additional aircraft parking space during our busiest times."
Earlier this month, Congressman Barrow announced a $568,401 grant for AGS to update the existing master plan to help identify future needs of the facility. The current master plan hasn't been updated since 2001.