Airport Completes Runway Safety Area Improvements Project

Press Release

Monterey, CA - Monterey Regional Airport General Manager Mike La Pier today announced the completion of the Airport’s federally mandated Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project. “I want to congratulate my Board of Directors, my staff, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), consultants, construction contractors as well as the community, traveling public and users who have all supported this project the past several years.” As of today, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been returned to service when the new procedures were published and available.

La Pier said the Airport District is pleased that this massive construction project has been completed ahead of schedule and within budget. “I particularly want to recognize and thank the support given by Congressman Sam Farr and his staff for this critical safety project.”

The MRY RSA Improvements Project has provided the installation of an arresting system called Engineered Materials Arrestor System, or EMAS at both ends of the main runway. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation required all commercial-use airports in the country meet new runway safety standards by December 31, 2015. The Airport is extremely appreciative for the patience of the airport users during this lengthy construction project.

Monterey Regional Airport has non-stop service to: Los Angeles (United & Alaska Airlines), Las Vegas (Allegiant), San Francisco (United Airlines) and San Diego (Alaska Airlines). Serving Salinas – Santa Cruz – Monterey. For more information please visit our website:

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