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Harkin Announces $11.5 Million for Iowa Air Services PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sen. Tom Harkin   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:27
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that 27 Municipal Airports and airport services have been awarded a total of $11,515,836 from the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration. Harkin is a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the DOT.

“Ensuring Iowa’s municipal airports have the resources they need to update, repair, or replace their facilities is important to maintain safety and efficiency.   These airports are important for employers and the operation of companies in local communities,” said Harkin. “The multiple communities affected by these grants will use this funding for a wide variety of activities that will support aviation across the state.”

Details of the funding are as follows:

Arthur N Nue, Carroll-$236,700 for the acquisition of replacement snow removal equipment.

Atlantic Municipal Airport-$510,763 to assist meeting design standards.

Clinton Municipal Airport-$281,146 for the rehabilitation of existing apron pavement.

Creston Municipal Airport-$412,408 to enhance access to the airport.

Davenport Municipal Airport-$233,500 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Decorah Municipal Airport-$375,547 for taxiway construction.

Decorah Municipal Airport-$67,500 to update the existing master plan for future airport needs.

Forest City Municipal Airport-$216,000 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Grinnell Regional Airport-$351,000 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Guthrie County Regional Airport-$382,500 for construction of a hangar building.

Independence Municipal Airport-$52,200 to update the existing master plan for future airport needs.

James G. Whiting Memorial Field-$585,000 for construction of a hangar building.

Keokuk Municipal Airport-$4,106,172 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Mason City Municipal Airport-$886,604 for the rehabilitation of existing parking lot pavement.

Mount Pleasant Municipal Airport-$138,485 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Muscatine Municipal Airport-$129,088 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Muscatine Municipal Airport-$50,400 for the removal of obstructions on runway.

Northeast Iowa Regional Airport-$45,000 for the evaluation of environmental issues related to proposed extension of a runway.

Oelwein Municipal Airport-$31,500 to update the existing master plan for future airport needs.

Pocahontas Municipal Airport-$29,251 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Red Oak Municipal Airport-$142,106 for the replacement of snow removal equipment.

Sac City Municipal Airport-$50,400 for a new runway vertical/visual guidance system.

Schenck Field, Clarinda-$313,920 for the rehabilitation of runway lighting system.

Sioux Gateway/Col. Bud Day Field-$360,000 for the rehabilitation of existing taxiway pavement.

Vinton Veterans Memorial Airpark-$43,290 for the rehabilitation of existing runway pavement.

Waterloo Regional Airport-$967,856 for the rehabilitation of runway lighting system.

Webster City Municipal Airport-$517,500 for the construction of a hangar building.

 
Loebsack Announces Funding For Local Airport Improvements PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:11

Loebsack Announces More Than $233,000 for Davenport Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the Davenport Municipal Airport will receive a total of $233,500 to make improvements to the runway.  These funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) grant program.

“Access to local airports allow our communities to grow, as well as fuel additional economic development in the region,” said Loebsack.  “I am pleased that the Davenport Municipal Airport is receiving this grant which will help fund much needed runway improvements and allow the airport to continue functioning safely and effectively.”

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Loebsack Announces Nearly $180,000 for Muscatine Airport Improvements

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the Muscatine Municipal Airport will receive a total of $179,488 to make improvements to the taxiway and runway.  These funds come from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) grant program.

“Access to local airports allow our communities to grow, as well as fuel additional economic development in the region,” said Loebsack.  “I am pleased that the Muscatine Municipal Airport is receiving this grant which will help fund much needed runway and taxiway improvements and allow the airport to continue functioning safely and effectively.”

Specifically, the airport will receive:

$129,088 to rehabilitate the existing taxiway pavement that has reached the end of its useful life

$50,400 to remove obstructions in the runway approach

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Braley Announces Over $1 Million for Improvements to Eastern Iowa Airports PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 13:09

Will allow for infrastructure improvement and future planning at the Waterloo, Independence & Oelwein airports

 

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) announced today that three eastern Iowa airports will receive a total of $1,051,556 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration.  This funding will be used to update master plans, identify future needs and improve runway lighting.

 

“This is great news for Eastern Iowa. The grant money will help these airports make critical infrastructure improvements right now and identify improvements needed in the future – both ensure the safety of passengers and employees,” Braley said. “Whether traveling for business or family vacation, Iowans rely on their community airports to be safe, secure and reliable. It’s critical we give Iowa’s airports the tools they need to provide the safest and most efficient service to their customers.”

 

Specifically, the funds will be used for:

 

Waterloo Regional Airport                        $967,856 to improve the runway lighting system to ensure visibility

Independence Municipal Airport              $52,200 to update the airport master plan and identify future needs

Oelwein Municipal Airport                        $31,500 to update the airport master plan and identify future needs

 

 

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Braley Calls on Airlines to Allow Families to Travel Together PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kira Ayish   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:46

Preferred seat charges can add hundreds of dollars to families’ travel costs

 

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking the Department of Transportation to provide guidelines to US airlines to make sure that families are not charged more to sit together.

 

“As a parent, I know firsthand how stressful traveling can be with young children. It’s appalling to require a parent to pay more just to sit with their young child,” Braley said. “Iowa families are already forced to pay higher prices for airline tickets due to increased fares at smaller airports, so these new fees place an unnecessary burden on Iowa families.” 

 

Last week, an Associated Press article detailed how families traveling this summer could be forced to pay higher ticket prices to ensure that parents are able to sit with their children. Airlines continue to add fees, and one of these is to make window and aisle seats available only to frequent travelers or to those willing to pay more for preferred seating. This means that as airlines set aside more preferred seating for frequent travelers, parents often have to pay for these preferred seats to make sure that they are able to sit together as a family. Braley joins Sen. Schumer (D-NY) in calling for rules to ensure that families are able to sit together when flying.

 

Braley wrote to Secretary LaHood in December 2011 over concerns that airlines are moving to an increasingly less family friendly business model. The press release and a copy of this letter can be seen here.

 

The full text of Braley’s most recent letter to Secretary LaHood follows. A copy of the letter is also available via the following link: http://go.usa.gov/dCo

 

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May 31, 2012

 

The Honorable Ray LaHood

Secretary, Department of Transportation

1200 New Jersey Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20590

 

 

Dear Secretary LaHood:

 

As you know, I wrote you six months ago asking you to investigate media reports that suggested airlines were moving to a less family friendly business model. I’ve attached a copy of that letter. I was deeply disturbed to learn that airlines plan to charge families more just to allow parents the basic ability to watch and care for their children. Several of the major airlines are increasing their fees for aisle and window seats. These increased seat prices place a significant hardship on traveling families. Many families are now being forced to sit a part from each other on an airplane, unless they pay extra money for an aisle or window seat.

 

As a parent, I know firsthand how stressful traveling can be with young children.  It’s appalling to require a parent to pay more just to sit with their young child.  Furthermore, Iowa families are often forced to pay higher prices for airline tickets due to increased fares at smaller airports.  This being said, I urge the Department of Transportation to require airlines to instate a family exemption for seat fees.  By requiring airlines to have a family exemption, it will ensure that parents are not separated from their young children when they are traveling.

 

I ask that you please respond to my letter within 10 business days with an answer on whether or not the DOT will begin requiring airlines to institute a family exemption rule. Thank you for your attention to my request and please feel free to contact me if I can provide further assistance.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Bruce L. Braley

 

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