Changes to Rick Husband AMA International Airport thanks to FAA

Years of wear and tear have taken their toll on the escalators at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded the airport 90% of the funds needed to replace the escalators that have been in use for more than 20 years. The Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport will cover the additional 10% with funds form its reserve fund. The 4 escalators will be replaced, one by one, during a 12 to 14 month span.

"Paperwork wise, we'll probably have that done in the next 4 to 6 weeks," said Pat Rhodes of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport. "Once a notice to proceed is issued to the vendor, we've been told it will take 6 months for the equipment to arrive and then after that, each unit will take about 30 days to put in."

To qualify for the funding, the airport had to meet certain requirements.

"The way the grant amounts are calculated is based on the number of people who fly out of the airport in a 12-month period," said Rhodes. "There's kind of a cookbook formula for calculating that. For us, it's typically $3 Million a year."