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Fairbanks International Airport Receives U.S. DOT Small Community Air Service Development Grant Extension

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The United States Department of Transportation recently extended the Small Community Air Service Development Grant, awarded to Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) in 2006, to March 11, 2010. The $500,000 grant is for recruiting and promoting seasonal non-stop passenger service from Alaska to the Lower 48 states.

"The extension is welcome news, especially in this difficult economic environment," said Christine Klein, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Deputy Commissioner of Aviation, who announced the grant award. "We're doing everything we can to add additional hub service to Fairbanks and the grant extension will definitely help."

"The grant is one of our primary tools to recruit new direct passenger service to locations not already served," added Jesse VanderZanden, FAI airport manager. "This extension keeps the door open to opportunity."

The Alaska International Airport System is comprised of FAI and the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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