Four additional state airport projects have been selected for funding by the Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) for planning, construction or rehabilitation, including Lakin’s airport.

KAIP will provide Lakin’s general aviation airport with $110,000 to fund the first phase of a runway design and airport layout plan intended to connect rural western Kansas to emergency medical care at Kearny County Hospital.

Airports in Fort Scott, Rose Hill and Salina also received funding totaling more than $1.6 million.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation works directly with the Department of Commerce, institutions of higher education and economic development organizations across the state to grow new capabilities within the Kansas aviation economy.

The projects are intended to improve flight safety, increase access to critical services and maintain Kansas’ reputation as a national leader in aviation. KAIP requires sponsors to share in project costs by paying a portion of the total project.

These projects are in addition to others announced last week, including a $110,500 aviation fueling system installation project at the airport in Cimarron.