ASHEBORO NC – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funding for safety and airfield improvement projects at 10 North Carolina airports.
Totaling $12.75 million, the funds have been awarded for various projects to help airports increase capacity, attract new jobs and businesses to their communities, and improve safety for pilots and passengers. The board approved the funds during its March 4 meeting. Of that $12.75 million $1.08 million is allocated for airfield lighting rehabilitation at Asheboro Regional Airport.
“The switch to full-LED lighting will also reduce our operational costs compared to traditional lights, since LEDs don’t burn out, and allow us to invest even more in the future growth of this airport,” says Scotty Malta, and airport manager at Moore County Airport which is also receiving funding through the program for airfield lighting.
According to the 2021 NC DOT State of Aviation Report, the Asheboro Regional Airport had an economic impact of over 18 million dollars and employed 110 people. Overall airports and aviation-related industries contribute more than $61 billion to North Carolina’s economy every year. They support 373,000 jobs, generate more than $2.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.
We reached out to the manager of the Asheboro airport but had not heard back at the time of publication.