Posted on February 7, 2005
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today applauded an announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation that Memphis International Airport will receive $6.1 million in grant funding for runway repair and resurfacing. "This funding will ensure that Memphis International Airport continues to function safely and efficiently," said Frist. "As the largest cargo airport in the world, Memphis International Airport is a hub for commerce and economic growth not only for Memphis, but communities across Tennessee and throughout the country. This funding is good news for Tennessee, and will allow these needed improvements to move forward so the airport remains a catalyst for economic growth in the region." "Memphis is a gateway for commerce in the United States," said Alexander. "This funding encourages continued growth for West Tennessee and the Delta Region. Senator Frist and I are pleased to see the Department of Transportation's continued investment in Memphis and the world's largest cargo airport." This critical funding, which is provided through the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program (AIP), will be used to rehabilitate and repair runways at the Memphis International Airport to help ensure safety and maintain airport capacity. The Airport Improvement Program provides funding for airport planning and development projects at airports all across the nation.