Independence is one of 25 communities selected through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program for funding the planning, construction, and rehabilitation of public airports. KDOT considered 119 project applications this year and granted $5 million to 41 projects.
The aviation industry has a $20.6 billion economic impact in Kansas and employs more than 92,000 people in the state. Plus, 94 percent of the state’s population is within 30 minutes of air ambulance operations.
KDOT Director of Aviation, Bob Brock said, “Not only has the program funded key improvements at local airports, but has helped create a statewide network that enhances both the health and economic well being of the entire state.”
The City of Independence projects to be paid for are the renovation of the South apron run up area at over $721,000 and their airport fuel systems at over $36,000.