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Tucson International Airport getting $18.5M federal grant

July 16, 2021 GMT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Tucson International Airport is getting an $18.5 million federal grant for infrastructure and security upgrades.

The funding announced Thursday will help the Airfield Safety Enhancement project, which is the largest project in Tucson International’s history.

The project seeks to add a second full-length runway which will allow more commercial flights to take off from Tucson.

The funding also will benefit the Arizona Air Guard which uses the airport.

Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly said Tucson International is an economic hub for southern Arizona and the airport enhancement project will create jobs.