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Ray LaHood announces $9.6 million grant for Orlando Airport.

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September 14, 2012 - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced $9.6 million grant to rehabilitate runway and taxiway and to purchase aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle for Orlando International Airport. Runway 18R/36L rehabilitation project will extend useful life of pavement and provide for realignment and rehabilitation of Taxiway A, which is needed to meet FAA design standards. Aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle will replace current vehicle, which is too expensive to maintain.

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U. S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.6 Million Grant For Orlando International Airport

Press release date: September 7, 2012

WASHINGTON – U. S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a
$9.6 million dollar grant to rehabilitate the runway and taxiway and to purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle for Orlando International Airport.

“Safety is our number one priority, and this grant will help enhance airport safety for the traveling public and the pilots who use the airport,” Secretary LaHood said.

The Runway 18R/36L rehabilitation project will extend the useful life of the pavement and provide for realignment and rehabilitation of Taxiway A, which is needed to meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) design standards and to extend the useful life of the pavement. The new aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle will replace the current vehicle which is too expensive to maintain.

“This grant enhances the operational safety and efficiency of the airport which allows continued quality service to its passengers,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for airport improvement projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity, and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.

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