Important renovations and upgrades are in store for Florida’s Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM), now that the FAA has awarded a $609,000 grant to pay for two key projects.
The first will be rehabilitation of Taxiway A where it leads to the main runway. The second will widen Taxiway B, which gives access to runway 06/24. Both projects are required to enhance airport capacity, said Terry Lloyd, the airport’s director of aviation.
“Kissimmee Gateway Airport plays an important role in regional tourism and the local economy,” said U.S. Representative Dave Weldon in announcing the grant. “This grant will help the airport to serve the community better and remain competitive over the long-term.”
“We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our airport to ensure it continues to be a top notch facility for our business and general aviation customers,” added Lloyd.
The work is slated to begin in October.
Kissimmee Gateway Airport, eight miles from Walt Disney World, provides general aviation services 24 hours a day with two paved runways of 5,000 and 6,000 feet. The airport also offers full-service FBOs, flight training, aircraft storage, aircraft restoration, and an industrial park. It is home to Stallion 51’s P-51 Mustang pilot training operation and to Warbird Adventures’ T-6 and helicopter flights. Its control tower operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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