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$3.4 million XNA grant announced

Posted: July 23, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.

A $3.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will pay for upgrades at Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport, according to a news release from Rep. Steve Womack.

Upgrades will include widening a taxi lane and purchasing a power sweeper for the airfield, according to the news release.

Full release:

Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) and U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman today announced that the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) will receive a $3,430,505 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The funding will be used to continue upgrades at the airport, including the widening of a taxilane near Concourse A for larger aircraft to access the backside of the concourse and the purchase of a power sweeper to keep the airfield clear. Funds will also be used to update the existing master plan and identify future growth and development needs. Finally, the grant will be used to reimburse costs expended during the expansion of the terminal building.

“Anyone who has flown in or out of Northwest Arkansas knows that XNA is a top-notch airport – whether it’s the facilities, safety, or efficiency,” Pryor said. “Today’s grant will allow the airport to build on this momentum. I look forward to helping XNA as they continue to expand and meet the growing needs of Northwest Arkansas.”

“As Northwest Arkansas continues to grow, the infrastructure must be able to sustain the region’s rapid transformation. This grant will help move the recent expansion at XNA, which has already improved efficiency and safety for travelers, to the next level and, in turn, bring additional economic development to the area,” Boozman said.

“Northwest Arkansas Regional served over 1.1 million passengers last year,” said Womack. “This grant funding will ensure that XNA can continue to provide safe and efficient trips for these and the growing number of travelers who visit Northwest Arkansas for business, for leisure, or for both.”

"We could not be more pleased with the award of this much-needed grant. Our sincere thanks go to our Congressional delegation and our partners at the FAA for their continued support,” said Kelly Johnson, Airport Director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority.

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