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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded funds to support improvements at the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport. The $300,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support the construction of a ten unit T-Hangar building to accommodate the increasing demand for hangar space in the region.

“Investing in expanded transportation options is key to greater economic development and increased tourism for Whitley County,” said Rogers. “This grant will go a long way toward providing new hangar facilities for pilot owners and operators and the growing demand for hangar space is a testament to the hard working leaders of this southern Kentucky community who remain dedicated to improving the region.”

In response to increasing demand for hangar space at the Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport, this FAA grant will support the construction of a ten unit T-Hangar building. The Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport is four miles northwest of Williamsburg, Ky. With 7 aircraft based on the field, including single- and multi-engine aircraft and a helicopter, the airport averages 100 aircraft operations per year, almost exclusively general aviation. Since FY02, Rogers has secured $5.65 million for improvements to this airport.

Grants are awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The FAA is responsible for the safety of civil aviation. The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports, including improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and environmental concerns. For small primary, reliever and general aviation airports, such as those in Southeastern Kentucky, the grant covers 95 percent of eligible costs. 
Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit