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Danville and Rural Retreat airports receiving nearly $5 million in federal funds

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WASHINGTON - Two local airports will be receiving more than $2.4 million each in federal funding.

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced on Thursday that Danville Regional Airport will receive $2,427,098 and Mountain Empire Regional Airport will receive $2,525,004 in federal funds from the Federal Aviation Administration to fund the rehabilitation of the airports‘ existing runways.

These funds were made available through the FAA's Airport Improvement Program, according to a release from Warner's office.

"The safety of Virginia travelers is the top priority of our airports and the FAA," said Warner. "These funds will help renovate the infrastructure that Virginia airports rely on to provide flyers with safe and reliable facilities."

The AIP provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports that are significant to national air transportation.