Galveston’s Scholes International Airport was named the 2011 Most Improved General Aviation Airport by the Texas Department of Transportation. Not only does this airport contribute over $113 million of economic impact to the state of Texas annually, but it also played an integral role in the relief efforts after Hurricane Ike struck the Gulf in 2008. Although nearly all facilities were damaged or destroyed following the storm, within days, the airport reopened its runways and soon became the supply hub for the entire Gulf Coast. Throughout the relief efforts, Scholes International Airport also played host to the Red Cross, The Salvation Army and 300 displaced residents.
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