Sen. Cantwell Announces $16M for New Runway at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced that the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport received more than $16 million in funding for construction of a new runway.

“This new runway at Pullman-Moscow regional airport will make the Palouse more attractive for job creation and economic opportunity for everyone,” Senator Cantwell said. “As the top Democrat on the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, I will continue to prioritize smart investments in infrastructure throughout the Northwest, especially in our rural communities.”

The $16 million the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport will receive comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides funding for airport development and planning. The grant will help the airport pave, flight check, and open the new runway for full service in fall of 2019.

As the former Chair and current top Democrat on the Senate Aviation Subcommittee, Senator Cantwell has been a strong advocate of federal grant money to help Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, as well as for airport projects throughout the state of Washington. Earlier this year, Cantwell helped secure $10 million to help fund the ongoing runway realignment project at the airport. In 2017, she secured $5.2 million for Pullman-Moscow to begin the runway realignment project.

Since 2014, Senator Cantwell has helped secure more than $41 million in funding for airport improvements in the state. And in March of 2018, she worked with her colleagues to secure a $1 billion increase in funding for the Airport Improvement Grant program, which has provided funding for Pullman-Moscow and many other projects throughout the state.