Tyler Pounds

The Tyler City Council has agree to join with the Federal Aviation Administration in updating the master plan for Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph/File)

The city of Tyler is moving forward with a federal grant to help plan for the future.

The Tyler City Council approved a motion Wednesday for Tyler Pounds Regional Airport to formally apply for a federal grant to fund its airport master plan update.

The grant, which the Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday, would fund 90% of the $950,000 total cost for the master plan update — $855,000 from the grant and $95,000 to be paid by the city.

“It’s very important, I think, for the airport for the next 10 to 15 years to do this,” Airport Manager Davis Dickson said. “It enables us to plan out for future growth.”

The potential growth includes commercial airline service development, general aviation development as well as a lot of different aspects, Dickson said.

The airport master plan should be updated about every 10 to 12 years, with the last update occurring around 2005, he said. The last plan focused on airfield improvements, which included the rehabilitation of runway 4-22 that was completed last year.

“With that type of runway construction that was completed, we see the airport being capable much more than it has ever done,” he said.

Projects in the next master plan could include taking a look at the commercial terminal, accommodating new Transportation Security Administration technology and air traffic control tower improvements, Dickson said.

Also on Wednesday, the City Council approved the formal airport lease for Frontier Airlines. The company plans to start offering flights to Denver in July.

Dickson said he has noticed lower fares from competitor American Airlines, and hopes that’s a result of Frontier’s new offerings.

— JW McNay

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