CIRA Receives Grant Award for Runway Project

Congressman LaHood’s Advocacy for Central Illinois Regional Airport Assists with Award

For the second time in less than a month, the Central Illinois Regional Airport at Bloomington-Normal (BMI) was notified by Congressman Darin LaHood of a Grant Award for a capital project at the airport.  CIRA will be receiving a $1,195,649.00 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for necessary rehabilitation work to the runway pavements of Runway 11/29 and Runway 2/20 at the Central Illinois Regional Airport.

“Passenger safety is every airport’s top priority—from wheels up, to wheels down. That’s why I was pleased to hear of the grant awarded from the Department of Transportation to the Central Illinois Regional Airport to help rehabilitate their runways,” stated Rep. Darin LaHood. “Critical operations occur when a plane is on the runway, whether that’s taxiing, taking off, or landing; therefore, assuring our runways are safe and fully operational makes all other decisions and maneuvers run smoothly.”

Central Illinois Regional Airport offers daily airline service on Allegiant, American and Delta connecting travelers to the world for business and leisure travel.  FedEx operates its central Illinois regional sorting and distribution facility from CIRA with daily Boeing 757 aircraft operations.  Corporate aircraft and general aviation aircraft also rely on the facility for business and recreational use.

“We appreciate Congressman LaHood’s continued support and advocacy for CIRA and this project,” said David Colee, Chairman of the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority.  “As always, the ongoing care of our airfield, particularly our primary and secondary runways, to ensure safe daily operation of aircraft is our first priority and the acquisition of these funds is crucial to maintaining our premier facility.”

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