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Western Nebraska Regional Airport boosts Panhandle Economy

Most recent grant will be used for Runway Rehabilitation Project
Updated: May. 25, 2021 at 3:08 PM CDT
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has invested over $5 million in the past few months to Western Nebraska Regional Airport to keep operations up to par.

Airport officials said U.S. Senator Deb Fisher (R) Nebraska and U.S. House of Representatives Adrian Smith (R) 3rd District were instrumental in helping the airport secure their most recent $4.7 million grant from the FAA. Fischer and Smith are well pleased their efforts paid off. The airport brings in an economic impact to the community.

“We bring in 7.4 million dollars of economic development to Scotts Bluff County just by having this airport here,” said Raul Aguallo Airport Director Western Nebraska Regional Airport. “People who are coming here to develop in Scotts Bluff County and the surrounding areas don’t drive here they fly here. Money flies here and having a viable airport and a way for them to get their important people in here and out of here is very important.

Airport officials said they hope to start maintenance work on the runway in June and afterward on a parallel taxi way.

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