PALAU AIRPORT COMPLETES UPGRADED RUNWAY

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By Bernadette H. Carreon

KOROR (Palau Horizon, Nov. 22) — The improved Palau International Airport runway will be unveiled today.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the project is set at 10 a.m. which will be led by President Remengesau and Ron Simpson, Manager of the Honolulu Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport District Office and Rep. from the United States FAA.

The Palau government is getting additional funding assistance of over $5 million for Year 2007 for the improvement of the Palau International Airport from the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA).

Phase II of the airport resurfacing project is completed.

President Remengesau announced during his weekly press conference that Palau will get $2,836,776 more for rehabilitation of the airport runway.

A loading bridge will be installed this year at the airport which will cost $1,500,000 while an amount of $350,000 will be earmarked to purchase an Airport Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) Rapid Intervention vehicle and $1,000,000 is set aside for the construction of a perimeter security fence at the airport.

Palau will get a total of $5,686,776 this year and from year 2004 Palau has obtained a funding of $26,310,000 for the Airport Capital Improvement Program.

Last year, Palau has obtained a funding of $6,860,000 for ARFF vehicles maintenance, ARFF building construction and rehabilitation of the runway.

Just recently Palau received a $2.2 million grant from the FAA.

FAA grants is in the amount of $2,200,000 which will be used to for the perimeter security fence and road.

Since 2004, Palau has received a total of $29,010,000 from the FAA for the improvement of the airport.

Palau obtained grants for the purchase of 1,500 gallon fire trucks, a new Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Building, rehabilitation of the airport runway and apron, two new loading bridges, airport Master Plan and the procurement of the ARFF Rapid Intervention vehicles.

The FAA has also granted an amount of $350,000 for 2008 for the Airport Master Plan.

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