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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a grant for improvements at the London-Corbin Airport-Magee Field. The $250,000 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant will support several necessary upgrades, including an environmental assessment study for a proposed service road, an airport layout plan and new airfield guidance signs.

“Investing in expanded transportation options is key to greater economic development, aircraft safety, and increased tourism for Laurel and Knox Counties,” said Rogers. “This grant will go a long way toward providing new opportunities for our region despite the challenging economic times every community is facing. I applaud the federal government for supporting our smaller airports and the leadership of Laurel and Knox County officials to continue to place a premium on quality general aviation services for the entire Cumberland Valley region.” 

This grant will fund an environmental assessment study to determine the impacts associated with a proposed service road. The grant will also assist the airport board in making future business decisions through the development of an airport layout plan. Finally, these funds will also support important upgrades to existing airfield guidance signs that are presently old and in constant need of repair. With 77 aircraft based on its field, including single- and multi-engine airplanes, jets, glider plans and a helicopter, the London-Corbin Airport averages 43 aircraft operations per day—60% general aviation, 25% military and 14% air taxi.

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