GIAA Gets $1.8M Grant from FAA for Airport Runway Improvement Project

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Guam – The Governor’s Office Saturday announced that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the Guam International Aiport Authority a $1.8 million dollar grant for Phase 3 of its ongoing runway improvment project.

The money will be used for the rehabilitation of the runway, to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement, and to minimize foreign object debris.

A release from Adelup quotes Governor Calvo as saying:

“The airport has been working hard to get this funding and expand and improve its facilities. I’m proud of their achievements. Everything they do translates into what all of this really means and counts toward: more jobs for Guamanians because of our strong effort to build the economy. The airport is that gateway for much of our economic growth. Investing there is investing in the future of Guam. “

READ the Grant announcment below:

U.S. Department of Transportation
Office of the Secretary of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

NOTICE OF GRANT AWARD

Title: Guam International: Rehabilitate Runway [Phase III] – 06L/24R
DOT Agency Disbursing Funds: Federal Aviation Administration
Project Name/Number: Guam International
Award Recipient Guam Airport Authority
City/Country/State Agana,Guam, GU
Place of Performance Guam International
State Congressional District 1
Entitle Amount $ 876,981.00
Discretionary Amount $ 1,000,000.00
Total Grant Amount $ 1,876,981.00
DOT Regional Office/Telephone Number Ronnie V. Simpson (808)541-1232

Description:
Rehabilitate Runway [Phase III] – 06L/24R

This grant will provide federal funding for the Guam International Airport in Guam.

This grant will fund Phase 3 for the rehabilitation of the runway to maintain structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris.

Guam International Airport is a small-hub primary airport associated with Agana, Guam. The local point of contact is Mr. Charles Ada, Executive Manager. Mr. Charles Ada may be reached at (671) 646-0300.

Following this grant announcement, FAA will notify the sponsor of the allocation. A grant offer will be issued subsequently for this grant as finally formulated. 

READ the joint release from Congresswoman Bordallo and Governor Calvo below: 

“The airport has been working hard to get this funding and expand and improve its facilities. I’m proud of their achievements. Everything they do translates into what all of this really means and counts toward: more jobs for Guamanians because of our strong effort to build the economy. The airport is that gateway for much of our economic growth. Investing there is investing in the future of Guam.” – Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

U.S. DOT Awards $1.8M for next phase in runway upgrades

The Guam International Airport Authority continues to improve its facilities, including a major upgrade to one of its runways.  Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $1.8 million grant for a third phase in the airport’s longstanding effort to rehabilitate its runways.

The project will make sure the runway is structurally secure and minimize debris – ensuring all passengers coming into and leaving Guam’s airport are safe.

Congresswoman Bordallo commends airport

“I commend the Guam International Airport Authority for their efforts in obtaining this grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “These funds will be used to improve and maintain the structural integrity and safety of the airport’s runway. Further, the funds received will support the airport’s plans for Phase 3 expansions as our island continues to experience an increase in tourist arrival numbers. I look forward to the implementation and use of these federal funds to support and benefit our island’s airport.”

Upgraded runway will open door for more arrivals

This project won’t just keep current passengers safe; the airport says it will also be used to expand the routes that come to Guam – increasing the pool of tourists for our island.

“The operational capacity of Guam’s Airport is enhanced under this grant,” GIAA Executive Manager Chuck Ada said.  “After the runway is upgraded, the airport can attract new air services from further distances than what Guam has been able to accommodate.  This also defines Guam’s role as the regional leader and an important hub for Micronesia.”