TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The Tupelo Regional Airport plans to study runway and pavement areas this year to keep allowing aircraft like Air Force One to continue landing there.
Airport Director Cliff Nash said he and the Tupelo Airport Authority want to see another study like the one done in 2016 which gave a less-than-favorable review of the airport's pavement.
Nash said the study raised questions about the pavement's durability and longevity.
He added the $1 million grant will be used for other projects at the airport too.
"There's engineering studies and plannings and an updating of the airport layout plan, replacing the signs, rejuvenating the parallel taxiway and reconstructing some aprons and taxiways," Nash said.
Besides Contour Airlines, the airport runway and pavement are used by the U.S. Army Aviation facility as well as Universal Asset Management.