Millions of dollars going towards airport expansion project

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LAREDO, TX (KGNS) - The Laredo International Airport will soon see some changes to its cargo runway all thanks to a federal grant.

The 3.6 million dollar funding for the expansion project was provided through the Airport Improvement Program and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The airport manager said that the money would be used to rehabilitate 8,000 square yards of the existing cargo apron.

Airport representatives say this expansion is essential as more cargo airlines are landing in our city for business purposes.

These improvements will increase the safety, efficiency and aircraft movements in the cargo area.

Director of Transportation Mario Maldonado says, “I'm very happy, because we meet with FAA frequently and we talk to them and they understand the importance of Laredo needing this money in order to make the improvements.”

The funds are an addition to the $170 million dollars in federal funds that have been awarded to the airport in the last ten years.

Airport officials say that the improvements will not only improve the runway but it will also impact the trade economy as a whole.

The airport says they are estimating an increase in cargo activity of 30 to 35 in 2018 which is a continuation of growth since 2017.