(CNSNews.com) - Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport has received a $27.9 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to rebuild a 9,000-foot-runway and extend it another 1,000 feet.
According to the Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority received $27.9 million for the third phase of a five-phase project to reconstruct Runway 5L-23R at McGhee Tyson.
“The reconstructed Runway 5L-23R will enhance safety by meeting design standards to correct the pilot’s line of sight and remove vertical curves along the runway centerline,” the FAA release says.
The FAA considers McGhee Tyson a small hub airport.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that the longer runway means it would be possible for the airport to add to add nonstop flights to Europe.