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Albany airport gets make-over

August 23, 2005

Albany--Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is undergoing one of the largest development projects that the airport's seen in more than twenty years. Nearly two million dollars in grant money awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration will go toward making improvements to the airport.

These improvements include four separate projects. The first project will be to build the airport's new fire station. The second project will focus on widening and strengthening the airport's taxi way and bringing in more UPS cargo planes for September. The third project will build new access roads for the airport's cargo planes, the final project will focus on designing the airport's new south ramp.

The airport's director, Yvette Aehle, says these improvements to the airport will generate an extra 100-thousdand dollars in annual revenue.

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is Georgia's second largest cargo handling airport behind Hartsfield Jackson in Atlanta.

Tuesday city commissioners appropriated about 1.3-million dollars for the airport's cargo and rescue projects, and the FAA will pay for ninety-five percent of the fire and rescue facility.

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