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EVV Awarded $2M for Safety Upgrades

$2M in grant money awarded by the FAA to the Evansville Regional Airport will be used for paying back funds already spent on the terminal remodel and to revamp their taxiway.

Posted: Sep 2, 2020 6:22 PM
Updated: Sep 3, 2020 10:55 AM

The Evansville Regional Airport is getting some major upgrades to the tune of $2M.

EVV is one of the hundreds of airports across the country awarded money for airport safety and infrastructure grants by the Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, Sept. 1

The new grant money will be used for paying back funds already spent on the terminal remodel and to revamp their taxiway.

"The main one is a project on the airfield, on taxiway Alpha 3,” said EVV executive director, Nate Hahn. “It's our high-speed taxiway. It's one that's used by a lot of flights and it will be just a simple upgrade — resurfacing. It's some of the oldest pavement out on the airfield, so just improving the safety out there."

And with new safety upgrades at the airport also means new jobs, with EVV specifically hiring a local company to complete these projects, with the hope of stimulating the struggling economy.

"The fact that we're able to use federal funds and bring that money here locally is a significant impact to our community,” Hahn said.

While the funds are normally based on the amount of people who travel outbound from EVV the previous year, airport officials say they don’t expect the pandemic to cause a major decrease next year.

"Because it's based off our percentage versus the national percentage,” Hahn said. “So, as every airport has seen a significant drop, we've actually seen a less of a significant drop than other airports. So theoretically, it could improve our situation."

And travel continues to increase ten to fifteen percent each month since the initial major drop off in April.

EVV even plans to start a first-class American Airlines flight to Charlotte, NC in October.

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