Airports in Cimarron and Johnson City are among 18 statewide airports selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) funding for planning, construction or rehabilitation.

Johnson City's airport has been approved for a $273,000 grant for taxi lane reconstruction, and Cimarron’s airport has been approved for a $110,500 grant to install aviation fueling systems.

The state’s aviation industry represents a $20.6 billion economic impact and employs more than 92,000 Kansans.

“Kansas is known as the ‘Air Capital of the World’ for good reason, and we are working to grow every segment of the aviation industry,” said Gov. Jeff Colyer. “These projects will make our citizens safer and bolster the infrastructure that launched our aviation pioneering agency.”

The KAIP program requires airport sponsors to pay a portion of the total project. The KDOT Division of Aviation, which manages the program, considered 148 project applications this year with a combined total value of more than $42 million.

“This $3 million combined award will satisfy the top 20 aviation projects,” said Bob Brock, KDOT’s director of aviation. “And we will aggressively pursue additional opportunities to meet aviation needs statewide.”

Kansas communities oftentimes look to grow their airports as economic development engines.

“The applications we receive each year for KAIP projects are very competitive, indicating the value local officials attach to maintaining and developing their airports,” said Richard Carlson, the state transportation secretary. “KAIP allows us to advance the effectiveness of our airport system on a statewide basis.”

Contact Mark Minton at mminton@gctelegram.com.