Congressman Mark Meadows

Representing the 11th District of North Carolina


Asheville Regional Airport Authority Awarded $18.2 Million Grant

May 15, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - The Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority has been awarded an $18.2 million discretionary grant by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will allocate the funds, which will be used as part of a project to rehabilitate the airport’s runway system.

“Maintaining a modernized hub of transportation is critical for our region and business community, so I’m excited to hear of this new development,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). “I’m confident that these additional grant funds will go a long way in allowing our local transportation officials to serve our region to the best of their ability. I want to particularly recognize and thank my friend and A.A.E. executive director, Lew Bleiweis, for his tireless efforts on behalf of the Asheville Airport.”

The rehabilitation project for the airport’s runway has been a priority of the FAA to improve the airport’s infrastructure and ensure that the runway system meets construction standards. This grant is another step toward the completion of the project.

“We are pleased that our elected officials understand the infrastructure needs at Asheville Regional Airport, and that they have advocated for the discretionary grant funding,” said Lew Bleiweis, executive director.  “I would like to extend recognition to Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, as well as Congressmen Mark Meadows and Patrick McHenry for their leadership.  The airfield project is the most significant construction project our airport has undertaken since the airport opened in 1961, and will ensure our ability to serve the aviation needs of Western North Carolina for decades to come.”