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Miss. Senators announce $6.6M in AIP grants for Mississippi airports

By: Anne Summerhays - August 31, 2021

FAA grants to fund nine airport improvement projects in Mississippi. 

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde Smith announced that 9 Mississippi airports are to be awarded $6.6 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. 

The funding will be awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation on behalf of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for improving airfields in Mississippi. 

The FAA has funded over $766 million in grants across the United States in order to build safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports. 

“These grants will improve safety, sustainability and accessibility at airports across our country,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said.

“I am pleased the FAA is providing Mississippi airports with the resources needed to complete these projects, which will make airports better equipped to serve their communities,” Senator Wicker said.

Senator Roger Wicker thanked the FAA on Twitter and wrote that by improving airports, safe and efficient transportation is promoted.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith wrote that airports require constant repair and upgrades and the FAA AIP grants would allow Mississippi airfields to do just that.

“The safe and efficient operation of local airports requires consistent repair and upgrades. These AIP grants will enable such work at several airfields across the state, allowing these communities to continue to use these assets to promote economic development,” Hyde-Smith said.

The Airport Improvement Program receives around $3.2 billion in funding each year. A complete listing of grants (PDF) and AIP Grants Data by State is on the FAA website.

The following airport improvement projects in Mississippi received FAA grants:

  • Brookhaven-Lincoln County Airport, City of Brookhaven – $2,278,182 to rehabilitate runway and taxiway lighting, and rehabilitate runway and airport beacons
  • Greenwood-Leflore Airport, City of Greenwood – $1,560,800 to reconstruct runway lighting
  • Houston Municipal Airport, City of Houston – $1,040,436 to rehabilitate runway and apron
  • Hardy-Anders Field Natchez-Adams County Airport, City of Natchez – $572,928 to rehabilitate runway and taxiway
  • Vicksburg Municipal Airport, City of Vicksburg – $276,801 to improve airport drainage/erosion control
  • Grenada Municipal Airport, City of Grenada – $248,100 to install weather reporting equipment
  • Iuka Mississippi Airport, City of Iuka – $234,740 to install weather reporting equipment
  • Roscoe Turner Airport, City of Corinth – $221,464 to update airport master plan/study
  • University-Oxford Airport, City of Oxford – $207,200 to improve airport drainage and erosion control
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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: