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Demolition begins for new airport terminal

Shortly before Christmas, crews began tearing down the old hangars and fire station on the southeast side of the Monterey airport to make way for a new passenger terminal, executive director Mike La Pier said Thursday. And in late November, the airport district’s board of directors chose one of four design ideas that will be fleshed out in more detail this spring.

News James HerreraMonterey Herald

Monterey Airport District Board selects design concept for new terminal

MONTEREY – The vision for a new airline passenger terminal at the Monterey Regional Airport came into sharper focus recently as the Monterey Airport District Board selected an alternative of the concept that will provide direction for the design team to proceed with a schematic design.

News Celia JimenezMonterey County Weekly

Grants bring Monterey Regional Airport one step closer to a new runway and terminal.

Monterey Regional Airport, the county’s only commercial airport, serves over 400,000 passengers annually. But the terminal those passengers use, originally built in 1950 and expanded in 1973, is outdated. For years, MRY has operated commercial flights with a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration. “Our current terminal building is too close to the existing taxiway and the taxiway is too close to the runway,” says Michael La Pier, the airport’s executive director.

News James HerreraMonterey Herald

New Monterey Regional Airport ARFF facility unveiled
Monterey Fire Department personnel to move in Oct. 7

MONTEREY – The Monterey Regional Airport had a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week to its nearly-completed new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting facility marking another notch in its multi-phase safety enhancement program. The existing Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting building will need to be demolished to make way for the new terminal building for passenger traffic, and the new apron or ramp – the designated area of the airport where aircraft are parked, unloaded, loaded, refueled and boarded by passengers.

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Monterey Regional Airport Awarded Two Federal Grants Totaling $25 Million To Improve Airport Infrastructure

The Monterey Regional Airport was awarded two grants totaling $25 million to support enhancements to the airport through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-19) announced the federal grants, which were made possible through a $22 million Federal Aviation Administration’s AIP grant to support improvements to the airport’s tarmac and terminal and $3 million from the Infrastructure Act for passenger terminal design.

News Brisa ColónKSBW

Monterey Regional Airport to build brand new terminal

MONTEREY, Calif. — Thursday, Monterey Regional Airport announced plans to build a brand new terminal after receiving $25 million in federal funding. “It’s huge. We’ve never gotten that type of money; it’s one of the largest amounts of money that we’ve ever received from the government,” says Chris Chidlaw, Monterey Regional Airport Spokesperson.

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Monterey Regional Airport gets federal funding for new terminal and expanded tarmac

MONTEREY, Calif. (KION-TV): Some major improvements will be happening shortly to the Monterey Regional Airport after $25 million in federal funding was given to the airport. Amy Holly was getting ready for her flight to Denver from Monterey. As a frequent flyer, she said improvements made to the airport will only encourage more people to visit.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive DirectorMonterey Regional Airport

Monterey Regional Airport Awarded Two Federal Grants Totaling $25 Million to Improve Airport Infrastructure

MONTEREY, CA, September 15, 2023 – The Monterey Regional Airport was awarded two grants totaling $25 million to support enhancements to the airport through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

U.S. Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-19) announced the federal grants, which were made possible through a $22 million Federal Aviation Administration’s AIP grant to support improvements to the airport’s tarmac and terminal and $3 million from the Infrastructure Act for passenger terminal design.

News James HerreraMonterey Herald

Rep. Panetta announces sizable federal funding for Monterey Regional Airport

MONTEREY – A significant funding boost for Monterey Regional Airport’s efforts to modernize and upgrade the facility was announced Thursday. The Monterey Regional Airport was awarded a $22 million grant through the Airport Improvement Program to support improvements to the airport’s tarmac and terminal, according to a press release from Rep. Jimmy Panetta, (D-Carmel Valley). Additionally, a $3 million grant directly through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will support passenger terminal design.

Press Release United States Representative Jimmy Panetta

Rep. Jimmy Panetta Announces Significant Federal Funding to Enhance Monterey Regional Airport

Monterey, CA – United States Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-19) announced $25 million in federal funding to support enhancements to Monterey Regional Airport.  Support was made possible through a fee-funded Federal Aviation Administration grant and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Monterey Regional Airport was awarded a $22 million grant through the Airport Improvement Program to support improvements to the airport’s tarmac and terminal.  Additionally, a $3 million grant directly through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will support passenger terminal design.

News James HerreraMonterey Herald

Monterey Regional Airport replacement terminal project gets $3M more in federal funding

MONTEREY – Another $3 million in federal grant funding has been secured for the design and construction of a replacement terminal at Monterey Regional Airport bringing the total for the project to $7.2 million. “Every dollar we can get is critical for the project and the airport,” said Monterey Regional Airport Deputy Executive Director Chris Morello.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive DirectorMonterey Regional Airport

Monterey Regional Airport Announces Grants Totaling $4.2 Million for Design and Construction of New Terminal Building

MONTEREY, CA. (Dec. 26, 2022) — With a $2.14 million grant from the Department of Transportation received in late November, the Monterey Regional Airport now has $4.2 million toward the design and construction of a new airport terminal.

The funds are from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill for Federal Fiscal Year 2023, along with another $2.14 million grant from the same piece of legislation from Fiscal Year 2022.