Hilton Head Airport is set to receive a $7.3 million grant from the FAA as part of its Airport Improvement Program. The grant will be used to extend their runway to 5,000 feet.
According to James Stephens, executive director of the South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, the extension is necessary to not only retain the current airline service at Hilton Head Airport, but to enhance the ability to recruit new air carriers and increase the number of destinations.
“Airline business models have been changing toward the utilization of larger aircraft with greater passenger loading and shorter runway airports like Hilton Head cannot support the larger aircraft,” Stephens said. “This extension is critical for future economic development efforts and continued tourism income.”
This grant is part of a larger $167.6 million award the FAA is distributing to 64 airports in 30 states. To date, the FAA said the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,300 new grants to nearly 1,200 airports, worth about $2 billion total. The grants fund airport infrastructure projects and airports are entitled to a certain amount of funding based on passenger volume.
This post contains excerpts from articles published by Aviation Today.