Esler Regional Airport awarded $1.8 million grant
The Esler Regional Airport in Pineville will receive a $1.8 million federal grant to rehabilitate its runway through the Airport Improvement Program.
Workers are expected to completely repave the runway area, something officials told News Channel Five has not been done in more than 20 years.
Although it is not the dominant airport for private citizens, two main commercial businesses and the military primarily use the airport. It also houses more than a dozen aircraft for private citizens.
The Installation Major of Camp Beauregard Colonel Joseph Brocato and Esler Airport Manager Louis Busby said funding is needed to support the facility because of its economic impact to the central Louisiana area and its support of military affairs.
They are grateful for the funding secured by Louisiana elected officials.
“This is terrific news. Both the military and private citizens use this airport and need a reliable runway. I’m excited that these federal funds are coming home to Rapides Parish and Louisiana’s 5th District,” said U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham.