Sen. Landrieu Announces $1.6M for New Orleans Airport

June 28, 2010

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport a grant of $1.6 million. The funds will be used to make improvements to runway lighting.

“The New Orleans Airport serves as a gateway to millions of tourists and business travelers each year, and is firmly positioned as a hub of commerce for Southeast Louisiana,” Sen. Landrieu said. “This $1.6 million investment will allow the New Orleans Airport to continue to provide air travelers with a safe and convenient flying experience. A healthy and productive New Orleans Airport not only fuels the local economy — it keeps pay checks coming to thousands of hard-working families who live in the region.”

“Armstrong International Airport is the front door of our city, so improving our airport is integral to our success as a world-class travel destination,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “These funds will improve airport safety for our visitors and residents. I commend Senator Landrieu and our congressional delegation on their diligent efforts to secure this grant.”

Last year, Sen. Landrieu joined other members of the Congressional Delegation in a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration urging the agencies to use Airport Improvement Program funds to upgrade infrastructure at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

In September of 2009, U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport $5 million to repair its terminal apron. Concrete repairs to this apron will allow airplanes to safely pull in and out of terminal gates.

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