The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in its July 8, 2015 Grant Offer to the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA), awarded an additional $3.34M in funding for the last phase of the runway rehabilitation project.
The Grant funds Phase V of the Rehabilitation of primary Runway 6L/24R, which is part of the multi phase/ multi project capital improvement program for the extension of the Airport’s primary runway from 10,000 to 12, 0000 linear feet. The extended runway allows for fully loaded, long range aircraft to land or take off to or from the US West Coast.
“Guam’s Airport is in a really great position to market opportunities for connectivity in the region with our fully extended runway,” stated Executive Manager Chuck Ada. “It’s a feather in our cap to have a facility with this key feature for airlines to service routes direct to the US West Coast and other long range or long haul air service, such as air cargo.”
The Guam Airport is the regional hub of Micronesia. The extended runway increases Guam’s capacity and enhances Guam Airport’s role as a key regional player in the aviation industry. A secondary runway and parallel taxiway also allows for simultaneous take-offs and landings at the Guam International Airport.
Over $70M has been invested in facility enhancements, improvements and navigational aids related to the extension of Guam’s primary runway over a 7 year period.
The official opening for landing and take-offs for Extended Runway 6L/24R is scheduled for July 27, 2015 at 5:30pm near the runway approach end south of the Main Terminal.
“We are very excited to have finally maximized our capacity with both runways and our parallel taxiway open for service,“ stated Executive Manager Chuck Ada.