09.23.13 Airport Continues Major Runway Upgrade
NOTE: The following is a joint release from Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo
“The airport has been working hard to get this funding and expand and improve its facilities. I’m proud of their achievements. Everything they do translates into what all of this really means and counts toward: more jobs for Guamanians because of our strong effort to build the economy. The airport is that gateway for much of our economic growth. Investing there is investing in the future of Guam.” — Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
U.S. DOT Awards $1.8M for next phase in runway upgrades                         
The Guam International Airport Authority continues to improve its facilities, including a major upgrade to one of its runways.  Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $1.8 million grant for a third phase in the airport’s longstanding effort to rehabilitate its runways.
The project will make sure the runway is structurally secure and minimize debris — ensuring all passengers coming into and leaving Guam’s airport are safe.
Congresswoman Bordallo commends airport                                                  
“I commend the Guam International Airport Authority for their efforts in obtaining this grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “These funds will be used to improve and maintain the structural integrity and safety of the airport’s runway. Further, the funds received will support the airport’s plans for Phase 3 expansions as our island continues to experience an increase in tourist arrival numbers. I look forward to the implementation and use of these federal funds to support and benefit our island’s airport.”
Upgraded runway will open door for more arrivals                                                    
This project won’t just keep current passengers safe; the airport says it will also be used to expand the routes that come to Guam — increasing the pool of tourists for our island.
“The operational capacity of Guam’s Airport is enhanced under this grant,” GIAA Executive Manager Chuck Ada said.  “After the runway is upgraded, the airport can attract new air services from further distances than what Guam has been able to accommodate.  This also defines Guam’s role as the regional leader and an important hub for Micronesia.”

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