Friday, May 10, 2019

Two airports get grants

LAFAYETTE, La. - Lafayette Regional Airport was awarded a $10.5 million grant for taxiway improvement projects by the Federal Aviation Administration. Lafayette airport was one of two in Louisiana to receive supplemental funding from the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. Grant money also was awarded to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, which received $15 million. The Lafayette airport is undergoing an $80 million construction project to build a new terminal. The 120,000-square-foot structure will replace the existing terminal, which opened in 1930. It will include open space for concessions and services. The number of gateway security lanes will be increased to two and the expansion will allow for three lanes in the future, if it's needed. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. (Source: Lafayette Daily Advertiser, 05/09/19) Lafayette is two hours and Baton Rouge one hour west of New Orleans on Interstate 10.