ARTESIA >> More than $2 million in grants was awarded to the Artesia Municipal Airport on Wednesday, according to a news release.
U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that the grant is part of $23.2 million awarded to five airports in New Mexico, including airports in Taos and Albuquerque.
"The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the grants to fund airport construction and rehabilitation, and reduce pollution," the news release said.
The Artesia Municipal Airport will receive $2,042,802 to rehabilitate its existing runway.
"Local airports help drive the economies of many New Mexico communities," Udall said. "Investments like these grants will keep our airports strong and improve the efficiency of travel across our state while helping reduce pollution as well."
Heinrich also said that updating the airports in the state helps to keep New Mexico a destination for business and tourism.
"Transportation options and accessibility are key factors in attracting and keeping business and driving tourism to New Mexico," Heinrich said.