FAA approves grant to improve McGhee Tyson runway

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)- The FAA has approved an almost 15 million dollar grant for a runway rehabilitation project at McGhee Tyson airport.

It's part of a nationwide Airport Improvement Program which provides funding for airports across the United States.

The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects that include runways, taxiways, aprons, and terminals. These projects are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Airports can get a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.