Philip receives $549,760 airport funding

The City of Philip has been awarded $549,760 in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for improvements at its airport.

Federal funds are being provided to construct a snow removal equipment storage building, pave the airport’s access road, and install a 10-foot-high perimeter fence to prevent wildlife from entering the airport and becoming a hazard.

The funds are provided through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program and are made available to eligible public-use airports throughout South Dakota and the United States. The program is targeted toward public-use airports for most capital improvement projects, including rehabilitating runway visual guidance systems, snow removal equipment, and rehabilitating taxiway aprons. The program also funds planning and design work, including airport master plans and environmental assessments.

"This funding will improve transportation conditions and safety at the Philip Airport. Our airports not only move people from community-to-community, but act as a source of economic growth," said U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD).

“This is great news for Philip,” said Senator John Thune. “Air service to rural states like South Dakota contributes to local economic development, which benefits everyone in the area.”