Albany - A federal grant will help make sure the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport remains an important cargo hub. The airport will use $3 Million from the Federal Aviation Administration primarily to widen and strengthen a taxiway used by UPS. Some of the money will also help improve three other taxiways.
Airport director Yvette Aehle says the money is essential to keep the airport in good working order and to keep its largest tenant, UPS, happy. "Obviously they contribute jobs to the local economy and obviously they help with all the packages that go in and out of the airport everyday," she said, "so it's critical to our area because anyone who depends on UPS, in some way depends on the airport to provide those services."
In order to receive the grant, the airport must pay a local share of about $94,000. That's included in the airport's general budget.