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Missoula, Kalispell airports pick up FAA grants

Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 13:37:37-04

WASHINGTON, DC – There’s some good news — and new money — coming to airports in Missoula and Kalispell.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Missoula International Airport a grant of more than $9 million to help construct its new airport terminal.

The $9.2 million federal grant was secured through the FAA Airport Improvement Program.

Airport director Cris Jensen said the new terminal is badly needed due to the amazing growth they have seen in passenger numbers over the last several years.

The new facility will help to better accommodate the flying public in the years ahead.

Meanwhile, Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell received two federal grants that will improve safety and expand its terminal.

The $5.7 million in federal funding will help expand its terminal and improve safety by purchasing new aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment.

Montana US senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines released statements saying they helped secure more than $20 million in AIP grants for Montana’s airports last year and has already secured more than $30 million in AIP funding this year.

The FAA program has also provided grants to several other Montana airports including Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls and Helena.