Forty-one airports in Kansas, including a handful in southwest Kansas, have received a combined $5 million through the Kansas Department of Transporation's Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) to help fund improvement projects.

The KAIP program requires airport sponsors to share in project costs by paying a portion of the total project. The KDOT Division of Aviation, which manages the program, considered 119 project applications this year.

Southwest Kanas communities selected for funding and the amount requested include:

• Elkhart – Airports Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) study,  $76,000; 

• Kinsley – construct tiedowns, $10,949;

• La Crosse – operations support equipment, $45,000;

• Lakin – Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) III , $176,250, and 14/32 runway mill and overlay design and construction, $303,250;

• Liberal – runway marking removal and replacement, $248,500.