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October 4, 2013
Federal Aviation Administration Grants City $2.3M

Safety and Efficiency Projects to Commence at Airport

It’s going to be a busy six months at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.  Before the federal government shutdown earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted the City of Santa Fe over $2.3 million in Airport Improvement Program dollars for two construction projects that will enhance safety and efficiency at the airport. The projects will be funded with a combination of FAA, New Mexico State Aviation Division and City of Santa Fe capital funds.

“We were very pleased when FAA notified us that we’d be getting these grants. We had identified these projects as key to ensure our commitment to provide a facility that continues to meet the needs of our community for many years to come,” said Francey Jesson, Airport Manager.

The first project will replace the 20-year old edge lighting on runway 2/20, the primary runway used by the airport’s airlines, American Eagle and United Express. The entire system will be completely upgraded, to include wiring, conduit and energy efficient LED lights, and will improve reliability for both private and airline aircraft operations. All work will be conducted at night, and there should be no impacts to airline flights. Total cost of the project is $813,771, with FAA providing 93.75 percent of the funding.

The second project is the construction of an extension to taxiway F.  The new extension will allow aircraft to traverse between the runway and parking ramps on a more direct route, aiding in efficiency and safety. There should be no impact to airline flights during this work. Total cost of the project is over $1.66 million, with FAA providing 93.75 percent of the funding.

The Santa Fe Municipal Airport is a city enterprise fund that strives to be as self-sufficient as possible by using revenues from airport user rates and fees to fund operations, maintenance and other projects. The FAA Airport Improvement Program a national program funded entirely by airline ticket taxes and other fees on aviation users.

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