The Gary/Chicago International Airport will receive grants totaling more than $5.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration. The funding will boost structural upgrades, including the ongoing runway extension project. The Gary/Chicago International Airport recently appointed Dan Vicari interim director. He is also continuing his role as project leader for the runway expansion, which is scheduled to wrap up next month.

Representatives from the airport's public-private operations partner are set to attend next month's Airports Council International-North America conference in Seattle. AvPorts says it has confirmed meetings with four airlines as part of the event.

Statement From Congressman Pete Visclosky (D-1)

“Economic infrastructure investments create jobs and, as a result, will strengthen our local economy,” said Visclosky. “The Gary/Chicago International Airport is an integral part of Northwest Indiana’s transportation network. I share in Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson’s commitment to ensuring that this valuable economic asset truly benefits all of Northwest Indiana now and in the future.”

Statement From Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson

“The city and citizens of Gary are grateful for the vote of confidence exemplified by this grant. The support comes at a critical time as we complete our rail relocation and runway expansion which will allow us to capture the full promise of development at the Gary/Chicago International Airport. The potential for the airport to serve as an economic driver in our city and region has never been greater,” Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said.

Source: Inside INdiana Business

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