Air traffic at Joplin airport is up this holiday season, and recently one of the runways at the airport was rebuilt. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
2021 has been a year of change at the Joplin airport. In March it was announced that the airport would change airline providers from American to United. United would continue to fly to Chicago while adding Denver and Houston as stops. Previously American only flew to Chicago and Dallas.
Joplin city officials and the Joplin Airport Board on Thursday marked the reconstruction of runway 36/18, in addition to replacing adjacent runway lights. The $14.5 million runway project was funded by a grant through the Airport Improvement Program of the Federal Aviation Administration. It was a multi-phased project as required by the FAA to match the funding cycles of the legislative appropriations. The local match for this grant was approximately $600 thousand, and federal funding from the FAA and the CARES Act provided $13.9 million for the project. Joplin Airport Manager Steve Stockman called the reconstruction, “a significant infrastructure project for southwest Missouri.” For 89 9 KRPS, I’m Fred Fletcher-Fierro