Grant of $1.3 million to help fund improvements to Lawrence airport

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The Lawrence Regional Airport has secured a $1.3 million grant to assist with apron rehabilitation, updates to its master plan and a feasibility study for a runway extension, according to a news release from the city Tuesday.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced last week that 66 airport projects statewide, out of 153 applications, were selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) funding, according to the release. Projects were scored based on the impact on flight safety, economic growth, and regional benefit. 


About $930,500 of the funding will go toward design work and construction of apron improvements.

“The apron at LWC is in major need of improvement and repair as activity levels increase at the airport,” according to the release. “These funds will allow LWC to put forth a new face to the front door at the airport and, coupled with the $1 million dollar FAA grant received in 2022 for the airport terminal project that is about to begin, will greatly enhance LWC facilities up to regional airport standards.”

The airport’s last master plan was completed in 2012, and an update is vital to planning for future growth of the airport’s services and facilities, according to the release.

“This KAIP grant will allow us to plan and be ready for the future of aviation in Lawrence and the region,” the release stated.

Scott Wagner, manager of Lawrence Regional Airport, said in the release that the airport appreciates the partnership and investment with KAIP.

“We look forward to carrying out these much needed improvements at LWC,” he said.

The grant also provides funding for a feasibility study to determine what improvements would be needed for LWC to receive larger charter aircraft services, according to the release.

“The study will look at extension options for the primary runway 15/33, which is currently 5,700 feet in length,” according to the release. “If the runway is extended, additional improvements will also be likely for the taxiway serving the primary runway, strengthening of the primary runway and improvements and possible expansion of the apron parking surface.”

Melissa Sieben, director of municipal services and operations, said the city appreciates the funding.

“As part of our City’s commitment to the well-being of all people, we are invested in accessible, sustainable methods for moving people throughout our region, which is why the Lawrence Regional Airport is so important,” she said in the release. “Enhancing the service levels at the airport will continue to benefit the community in a variety of ways, especially in attracting and retaining businesses.”

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