The George M. Bryan (STF) Airport in Starkville has received $4.5 million in Federal Aviation Administration Airport Terminal Program (ATP) grants for a new passenger terminal.
With the grant funding, the airport will construct a new 9,850-square-foot terminal for charter and business aircraft, which will provide the full range of passenger services that are available at most regional airports. At this time, passengers get processed in the corner of a shared hangar at the airport.
The addition of the new facility will also be used as a central location for passengers to go through security to ensure more efficient processing.
“The George M. Bryan airport is the ‘front door’ of the city to over 10,000 visitors annually, but a lack of modern passenger facility has limited economic development. This major investment will provide a central location for passengers while also increasing safety, security, and efficiency for this growing airport,” U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., said.
ATP was created as a part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Wicker supported. The purpose of the ATP is to make annual grants available to eligible airports for terminal development, on-airport rail access, and airport-owned airport traffic control tower projects that address the aging infrastructure of the nation’s airports.