Four Ex-Military Airports Get Funds For GA Upgrades

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Four more airports have been added to the Military Airport Program, the Department of Transportation said last week. The program provides federal funds to improve facilities at ex-military fields to attract more civilian aviation activity. The new airports are Williams Gateway Airport, Mesa, Ariz.; Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Fla.; Guam International Airport, Agana, Guam; and Rickenbacker International Airport, Columbus, Ohio. "These airports are proof-positive that there is life after base closings," said Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta. The airports will join 11 others already in the program, which will distribute $34 million this year. Airports already participating in the program are Mather Airport, Sacramento, Calif.; March Inland Port, Riverside, Calif.; Okaloosa/Eglin Air Force Base, Valparaiso, Fla.; Kalaeloa Airport, Oahu, Hawaii; Alexandria International, Alexandria, La.; Tipton Airport, Odenton, Md.; K.I. Sawyer, Marquette, Mich.; Griffiss Airpark, Rome, N.Y.; Plattsburgh International Airport, Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Millington Municipal, Memphis, Tenn.; and Gray Army Airfield, Killeen, Texas.