Two federal grants bring in more than 13-million dollars for the Laredo International Airport.
The grants were discussed at Wednesday’s airport advisory board meeting.
The money will be used for mitigating airport noise at 60 homes nearby and for reconstruction of an existing taxiway.
The director for the airport says a new air traffic control tower could be in the future as well.
“The tower that we have today was built in 1969 and it’s already antiquated, it’s no longer sustainable, so we’re recommending a new tower with the study that evaluates the recommendations of the airport master plan, so the new tower can serve this airport for the next 50 years”, said Jose Luis Flores.
In the last five years, aircraft operations at the Laredo airport have doubled.