Newton, Meridian airports receive grants


Airfields in Newton and Meridian are set to receive more than $2.2 million in grant funds from the federal government for improvements.

Key Field Airport in Meridian and James H. Easom Field in Newton will receive a combined $2,234,256 in money form three federal grants. The grant is issued from the Department of Transportation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Congressman Michael Guest of the Mississippi's Third Congressional District said that he was happy to see airfields from his district get the money they need to finish important projects statewide.

“I’m proud to announce these grants for our airfields across the district. Vibrant, robust airfields are critical to economic development, and these dollars will help provide safer air travel to meet our growing local economies,” Guest said.

Key Field will receive two FAA grants, one for $1,638,520 and $83,965. Both will go towards a drainage and erosion control project. Only $4,000 of the $83,000 grant includes CARES funds issued by the federal government in March to the tune of 2. Trillion for COVID relief. The City of Newton received $511,771 for the rehabilitation project of a hangar at James H. Eason Field.

The Newton project constructs a new 6,400 square foot hangar for aircraft storage and maintenance to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue. The sponsor has adequately financed the airside needs of the airport.

The grants for the Meridian field will support the design and construction phases of a drainage pump station on the airfield to eliminate ponding on the airfield surface.

Other FAA grant recipients include the George M. Bryan Airport in Starkville and Bruce Campbell field in Madison.

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