The Imperial County Airport will get a much-needed facelift thanks in part to a $1 million Federal Aviation Administration grant announced Tuesday.
The funds, which were requested by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, and Imperial County Airport officials, will go toward remodeling the existing terminal building and improving the runway safety area for aircraft take-offs and landings, a press release states.
"It's not all bad; it just needs to be remodeled," said airport manager David Conn in an interview this morning.
County Supervisor Tony Tirado agrees.
"These million dollars are greatly needed for improvements," Tirado said.
"I'll tell you one thing: It needs a facelift in there," he added.
Tirado also said these improvements couldn't come at a more critical time because the maquiladora industry across the border has increased airport traffic.
In the terminal, Conn said money will be used to replace poorly working air conditioners that don't always keep the building cool.