Some much needed federal funding is being awarded to Lafayette Regional Airport. U.S. Senate candidate and current U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany says $13,026,644.00 will go to improve the runway safety area at the local airport.

“Lafayette Regional Airport is a critical center for commercial travel and industrial transportation in South Louisiana," says Boustany. "This funding will help to increase safety and ensure continued economic growth in the region.”

The federal dollars come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Acadiana Regional Airport was also awarded $90,000.00 by he U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the widening of the taxiway there. Boustany says the taxiway widening will help in accomodating larger aircraft in compliance with FAA design standards.

“Acadiana Regional Airport serves as a vital hub for commerce and industry throughout the region," says Boustany. "This funding is critical to ensuring compliance with FAA guidelines for accommodating large aircraft, helping to maximize the airport’s economic potential in Acadiana.”

“With this grant, planning is now underway that will assure Acadiana Regional Airport as the premier airport for heavy, wide body aircraft in the Gulf region," says Jason Devillier, Airport Director for the Iberia Parish Airport Authority. "The direct involvement and personal attention of Congressman Boustany and his first-class staff has put this all in motion; we thank him for his support and for sharing our vision.”