A new website created by the division of aviation within the Kansas Department of Transportation provides an up close look at all 140 public-use airports across the state and their impact on the communities they serve.
[Above photo by the Kansas DOT]
Developed in collaboration with a variety of state aviation experts, the new website contains online dashboards that detail the conditions of airport runways, generate economic impact data, highlight future airport needs, and more.
For example, Kansas public-use airports support nearly 34,000 jobs and roughly $11 billion of on-airport economic impact within the state, according to data from the website.
“Every airport serves a unique and important role for their community,” explained Bob Brock, director of aviation for Kansas DOT, in a statement. “It is this uniqueness that makes credible data on individual airports even more important to local, state and national decision-makers.”
He said the agency’s aviation division worked with industry leaders to publish key airport performance data online. Two new tools on this website offer precise aviation economic impact data for each community as well as current information on the status of airport pavement health used to program long-term airport investments.
The website address is: https://airkansas.ksdot.gov/AirPerfDash.html
“With this combination of data for every airport, Kansas DOT expects significant improvement in projects that deliver the most positive impact for the community as well as increased capacity to complete projects more efficiently,” Brock noted.
The Kansas DOT aviation website includes information on how communities and airport operators can apply for grants, most notably through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program or KAIP.
For 22 years, KAIP grants have enabled communities to partner with Kansas DOT on 820-plus airport improvement projects totaling nearly $200 million in value.
State departments of transportation play a key role in the aviation sectors within their respective regions.