Billings Logan International receives $1M in funding for improvements.

MTN News

by Dustin Klemann

BILLINGS – Critical improvements to five Montana airports secured necessary funding Tuesday.

Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester announced more than $1.6 million dollars in funding.

Billings Logan International Airport will see $1 million for concourse modifications including relocation and demolition of unused facilities.

The goal is to increase passenger capacity and improve travelers’ experience.

The funding is being awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.

Grants were also awarded to airports in Scobey, Ennis, Polson and Turner.

    Billings Logan International Airport: $1,000,000.00 to fund terminal building concourse B modifications to include relocation and demolition of unused facilities to improve efficiency of operations and meet passenger needs.

    County of Daniels – Scobey Airport: $197,550.00 to fund the design phase to rehabilitate 4,020 feet of existing Runway 12/30 pavement to maintain the structural integrity of the pavement and to minimize foreign object debris and will fund the design phase to rehabilitate the current Runway 12/30 lighting system that has reached the end of its useful life and requires rehabilitation to enhance safe airfield operations during low visibility conditions.

    Ennis – Big Sky Airport: $223,675.00 to acquire land for development and install weather reporting equipment.

    County of Lake – Polson Airport: $156,707.00 to fund the acquisition of a new carrier vehicle and blade to keep the airport serviceable during snow periods and aid in the efficiency and safety of operations.

    County of Blaine – Tuner Airport: $59,580.00 to fund the design phase for the construction of two new 350 foot taxilanes to provide non-exclusive access to aircraft hangars. This project will fund the design phase for the construction of a new 900 foot partial parallel taxiway to eliminate the need for aircraft to back-taxi on the runway.

“It’s always great news to hear the FAA Airport Improvement Program grant funding has been awarded in time for the construction season,” Billings Logan Airport Director Kevin Ploehn said in a statement. “We are always grateful to get this grant funding from the FAA because without it Montana’s airports would have a difficult time accomplishing everything that is needed.”