A pair of Orlando-area airports will receive $2.7 million in U.S. Department of Transportation grants, Democratic U.S. Rep. Darren Soto said in a Monday news release.

“I am happy to announce that the Kissimmee Gateway Airport and the Bartow Municipal Airport have received $2.7 million in federal grants for critical enhancements to the airports’ infrastructure. The funds will upgrade the airports’ infrastructure, making it safer for the millions of visitors to Central Florida,” Soto said.

The Kissimmee Gateway Airport and the Bartow Municipal Airport will get the federal money to bring their runway guard lighting up to Federal Aviation Administration standards as part of the FAA’s Runway Incursion Mitigation program.

The Kissimmee airport will use its share of the funds to rehabilitate 6,000 feet of runway, including upgrades to the lighting system, while the Bartow airport will use its portion to improve its drainage system to eliminate ponding on airfield surfaces.

The CD 9 Democrat said both airports are vital cogs in Central Florida’s tourism business due to their proximity to Orlando attractions, such as Walt Disney World.

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