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International flights possible if Mobile Regional moves downtown – WKRG News 5

MOBILE, AL (WKRG) – Some new improvements are happening at the Brookley Aeroplex.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a $7 million infrastructure grant for the Mobile Downtown Airport. The money will be from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It’s part of the Airport Improvement Program.

With the grant money, they will begin the process to rehabilitate runway 18/36, which is currently not in full use. They will also be fixing Taxiway H, and install lighting on the taxiway. The ultimate goal in fixing the runway is to rehabilitate the longer, main runway 14/32. 

Once the work is done, improvements to Brookley will go hand in hand with the potential plans to move the Mobile Regional Airport downtown. And if the plan were approved, there would be a brand new terminal there with renovated runways.

“Given the fact that we have approximately 19 foreign companies on the airport that could probably benefit from an international status, so it would certainly be something that on the table for us,” said Chris Curry, the executive director at the Mobile Airport Authority. 

The main reason behind rehabilitating 18/36 is to bring it to usable condition, so when the MAA gets funding to rehabilitate 14/32, operations can continue as normal at the downtown airport on the secondary runway. 

“It complements Brookley as it is today and certainly adds value to Brookley as a commercial service airport,” said Curry. 

Right now, they only have the funding to do the work on the 18/36 runway. They hope that the next fiscal year will bring more grants to finish the work at Brookley. 

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