Airport near KIA plant receives funds to expand runway

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LANETT, AL (WTVM) –  United States Alabama Senator, Richard Shelby, tells News Leader 9, a subcommittee for Housing and Urban Development has approved the fiscal year 2011 appropriations bill.  

This bill includes funding for several important projects throughout Alabama. 

Locally, the Lanett Municipal Airport will receive $1.5 Million to complete the second and final phase of its runway expansion project.

Officials say a longer runway is needed to support its growing aviation needs driven in part by the construction of the KIA Motors Corporation automobile manufacturing plant.

"A longer runway is necessary for Lanett Municipal Airport to boost economic development in the area and attract tier one auto parts suppliers, who will need an adequate airport to support increased business," said Shelby.  "If this airport is able to support greater air traffic it will be an incredible economic development and job creation tool for a region in Alabama that has recently lost numerous jobs."

This airport is located about 4 miles from the KIA plant in West Point, Georgia.

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