LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - General aviation airports have opened
recently, or will soon, in four Kentucky counties. Plans to
construct eight other airports are under consideration.
The projects reflect an effort to raise Kentucky's status among
states in the Federal Aviation Administration's southern region.
The FAA says that Kentucky has 60 airports serving 120 counties.
That gives Kentuckians less access to airports than residents in
the other seven states that make up the region.
Kentucky didn't have an aviation division until Governor
Fletcher added it to the Department of Transportation in 2004.
Airports can take decades to build and can cost more than $20
million, although the Federal Aviation Administration can cover 95
percent of the costs for general aviation airports.
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