WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today announced that Miles City’s Frank Wiley Field will receive $2.5 million to rehabilitate the airport’s runway and modernize its visual guidance system.
The grant was awarded under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
“Safe and reliable air service is critical to the long-term economic needs of Montana’s rural communities, including Miles City,” Daines stated. “This grant will provide the Miles City airport with the tools needed to better serve the transportation needs of area residents.”
The AIP was developed to promote the development and preservation of the nation’s airport system. Eligible airports are public-use, are important to public transportation and contribute to the needs of civil aviation, national defense, and the Postal service. Funds are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue sources.
Senator Daines worked in the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure that the AIP is fully funded again for Fiscal Year 2016.