Today, Congressman Paul A. Gosar D. D. S. released the following statement after the U. S. Department of Transportation’s announced the winners of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants: “I am pleased to report that the Kingman Municipal Airport as well Prescott Regional Airport were the recipients of AIP grants, a much-needed infusion for rehabilitation and construction. These airports are key drivers of our economy in Arizona's fourth congressional district, and this additional funding will allow them to expand, modernize, and continue operations vital to our community,” said Congressman Paul Gosar.
“This is an exciting time! It will replace our main runway to help develop transportation loading and multimodal transportation logistics. It is an important piece of infrastructure that will help keep Kingman competitive," said Mayor Jen Miles.
“Prescott Regional Airport has experienced unprecedented growth since the 2018 addition of 50-seat regional jet service by United Express, operated by SkyWest Airlines. Constructed in 1948, our passenger terminal was sorely in need of replacement to safely and efficiently serve the 70, 000+ total passengers expected to use the airport annually in the future,” said Airport Director Robin Sobotta. “This extraordinary level of Federal funding support will be transformational for our airport, our City, and the entire region. The City of Prescott is appreciative of the continuous support and advocacy of the USDOT/FAA Office of Airports, and our dedicated Federal, state and local elected officials, including Representative Paul Gosar.”
“This is an important day for the City of Prescott,” said Mayor Greg Mengarelli. “This brings Prescott Regional Airport one step closer to this important new chapter in passenger air service. We sincerely appreciate all of the assistance provided by Congressman Gosar’s office, and all of our Federal elected officials in securing this funding.”
“The robust economy is enabling more passengers to travel by air so this Administration is investing billions of dollars in America’s airports which will address safer operations, fewer airport delays, and greater ease of travel for air travelers,” said Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
The Prescott Regional Airport (a.k.a. Ernest A. Love Field) has been awarded $10 million under the Airport Improvement Program. The airport is used for general aviation but primarily to train the pilots of tomorrow through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The airport is comprised of three functional runways that service thousands of passengers a year. With this new federal funding, Prescott Regional will be able to begin construction of a new terminal that will bring more businesses and jobs to Northern Arizona.
The Kingman Municipal Airport has been awarded $2.3 million under the Airport Improvement Program. This airport has a deep history rooted in training Army Air Force aerial gunners in World War II. Today, this airport has two active runways for commercial and business use and also services aircrafts with a top of the line repair station. Additionally, the airport houses an 1, 100-acre industrial park which is home to over 70 businesses. This grant will be used to rehabilitate the existing runaways to ensure continual success.