Bishop Airport announces grant for runway improvements

FLINT — Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, and Officials at the Bishop International Airport Authority recently announced the airport will be receiving a federal Airport Improvement Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The $8,056,505 grant will be used to reconstruct Bishop Airport’s primary runway 9/27. Additional improvements include the addition of runway shoulders and enhancements to the runway’s lighting system.

“This federal grant will provide for critical infrastructure improvements to the airport’s primary runway, extending the usability of the runway by aircraft. The Bishop International Airport Authority is committed to safety and providing operational excellence for all of our customers,” said Craig Williams, Airport Director.

“I am proud to join Flint Bishop Airport in announcing this federal grant to make much-needed improvements to our local infrastructure. By enhancing our local airport, we will make sure to keep mid-Michigan connected to the rest of the U.S. and the world. I am grateful to the workers at Flint Bishop International Airport who work hard every day to provide quality service to passengers as they travel,” said Kildee.

The project is fully designed, and work will begin on the project this winter with the primary work to take place during the construction season in 2020. Flights at Bishop will not be impacted by this project, as the airport’s longest runway will remain open.

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies—and in some cases, to private owners and entities—for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. For more information on the program, visit www.faa.gov/airports. J.A.