The Colorado Springs Municipal Airport will once again reap the benefits of a 1991 law that sends aviation fuel taxes to state airports.
The Colorado Aeronautical Board gave the go-ahead Monday to distribute $2.7 million to Colorado airports through the Colorado Department of Transportation's Discretionary Aviation Grant Program. The Colorado Springs airport will receive $22,500 to help pay for a pair of aviation interns.
Colorado Springs airport spokesman Nate Lavin said the airport will match the grant money and toss in another $22,500 for the interns, who are expected to begin work in late summer. They will work for 10 to 12 months, he said.
Lavin, who began his career with the airport through the internship program, said the interns will assist in marketing, finance, operations, planning and development, accounting and more.
"We try to utilize them the best way we can," Lavin said. "We get them as much experience as we can."
The airport internship program began in 2006, he said.
The Aeronautical Board's approval Monday will also benefit 26 other public use airport in the state. The grants range from just over $8,000 to $250,000. According to CDOT, the money will fund more than $71 million in projects, mostly to improve safety and infrastructure.
Lavin said the Colorado Springs airport also had an application for a $250,000 grant approved Monday by the board. That money will help rehabilitate an airport taxiway. Airport officials expect the work on the taxiway to begin this summer.
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