Lincoln Airport

The Lincoln Airport received about $1.2 million in grants this week from the Federal Aviation Administration, including a $450,000 one to help pay for a 20-year master plan.

The Lincoln Airport has received a $450,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to help pay for an update of its master plan.

The airport plans to start work on the master plan update in its 2020 fiscal year, which begins in July.

Among the main issues the master plan, which covers the next 20 years, will look at is accommodating growth in both general and commercial aviation.

During an Airport Authority budget planning session Thursday, Executive Director David Haring said the airport is nearly out of land for general aviation companies to expand and may have to look at opening up other areas of the airport property to accommodate them.

It also was revealed during Thursday's meeting that it's likely to take significant expansion and renovation of the terminal, costing nearly $20 million, to make improvements airport officials want, including a single security checkpoint, to modernize the 45-year-old terminal and accommodate potential commercial airline expansion.

The master plan grant was one of four the Lincoln Airport received. It also got $360,000 to help pay for snow removal equipment, $225,000 to buy friction-measuring equipment and $166,500 for a guidance system for one of its two runways.

The Lincoln grants were among 19 that went to 14 Nebraska cities. Lincoln got the highest number of individual grants with four, while Omaha and Grand Island both got two.

Along with Lincoln, four other state airports received more than $1 million in grant money. Omaha got the most, with more than $11 million for a runway and taxiway rehabilitation project at Eppley Airfield. Grand Island received more than $3.5 million to help pay for a new airport fire station and equipment, Norfolk received nearly $2.7 million for a runway and taxiway rehabilitation project and McCook received just over $1 million for runway and taxiway improvements.

Overall, the 14 Nebraska airports received more than $23.5 million out of a total of $840 million that went to airports across the country.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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