Facelifts slated for several Arizona airports

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PHOENIX -- Several airports throughout Arizona will receive a facelift, thanks to federal and state transportation monies. The State Transportation Board approved the funds totaling more than $21 million to make improvements to four different airports.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, makeovers are slated for the following facilities:
 
*Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport will receive more than $10 million for the expansion of the west terminal.
• FAA funds: $9,975,000 (95 percent)
• State matching grant funds: $262,500 (2.5 percent)
• Airport cost: $262,500 (2.5 percent) 
 
*Tucson International Airport
is slated for a $7.5 million improvement to the runway, which is in need of rehabilitation.
• FAA funds: $6,876,043
• State matching grant funds: $337,535
• Airport cost: $337,535 
 
*Ernest A. Love Field Airport is in need of runway improvements as well.  The facility in Prescott will receives $2.7 million for runway improvements.
• FAA funds: $2,571,365
• State matching grant funds: $67,667
• Airport cost: $67,668 
 
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport’s funds (nearly $400,000) will go toward the first phase of construction for an aircraft rescue and fire fighting building. 
• FAA funds: $372,446
• State matching grant funds: $9,801
• Airport cost: $9,801 
 
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport
will also receive $65,000 for phase two of the aircraft rescue and fire fighting building construction.
• FAA funds: $61,989
• State matching grant funds: $1,632
• Airport cost: $1,631
 
ADOT says it administers state reimbursement grants for the Airport Capital Improvement Plan through its Aviation Fund. The fund is created through taxes assessed to aviation users to support aviation infrastructure in Arizona. Revenue for the fund comes from flight property, aircraft registration, aircraft dealer licensing and aviation fuel taxes.
 
ADOT registers aircraft, licenses aircraft dealers, develops and administers the five-year airport development program.