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New air terminal funded by federal grant

The Golden Triangle Regional Airport has received a $1.4 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airport Executive Director Mike Hainsey says the grant represents slightly more than half of the money projected to come to the airport from the FAA as part of the Airport Improvement Program. Hainsey expects the airport to receive about $2.4 million total from the agency.

Officials will use the initial $1.4 million to fund a nearly $1.1 million terminal expansion project at the airport. Once the 6,000-square-foot expansion is completed, the airport’s terminal will be able to seat about 150 passengers, compared to the current terminal’s 58-person seating capacity.

Officials will use the additional money to design and engineer a 1,500-foot extension of airport’s runway.