WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Benjamin Taisacan Manglona International Airport is receiving $2,724,179, Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) announced. The federal funding will be used for fencing around the airport.
“Maintaining this perimeter fencing will help make sure that Rota’s airport can keep its Airport Operating Certificate,” Sablan explained. “And the money is a boost for Rota’s economy.”
He pointed out that shipping the materials to Rota, hiring workers, sales of food, gas, and electricity will all add up and help Rota’s economy.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires in all states and non-state areas that airports serving aircraft designed for more than nine passengers be certified. One element for certification is that the public is protected against inadvertent entry to the airport.
The FAA also checks that aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and personnel are ready for emergencies. Fuel facilities, lighting equipment, and a variety of other infrastructure and human resources must be in place, as well, to maintain the operating certificate.
“Even though flight services to Rota are being cut, it is important to maintain the Rota airport in good operating condition, so certification remains current and Rota continues to have the welcome mat out for visitors,” Sablan said. “In Congress, I will continue to support America’s airports, especially those serving small communities like Rota. (PR)