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Lost Nation Airport receives FAA grant for taxiway, terminal apron repairs

Andrew Cass | The News-Herald

The taxiways at Lost Nation Airport are the next items in line to be rehabilitated, thanks to a Federal Aviation Administration grant.  Pavement repair work will be done on taxiways A, C and D, and the terminal apron also will receive rehabilitation work.

The FAA grant is for a total of $128,643. The FAA will cover $115,778 of the grant while the Ohio Department of Transportation will cover $6,433. The airport will pay $6,432 for its match.

Lost Nation Airport Manager Patty Fulop said the plan is to get the improvements done this year.“Willoughby Lost Nation Municipal Airport supports tourism and commerce in Lake County,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said in a statement announcing the funds. “This funding will improve the safety and efficiency of the airport so it can remain a reliable option for the county.”

Since taking over the airport from the city of Willoughby in October 2014, the Lake County Ohio Port and Economic Development Authority has made a series of improvements to the airport and is currently working on a new master plan.

Improvements have included repairs to both of the airport’s runways, as well as the installation of a new Automated Weather Observation Station.

Fulop said at the most recent port authority board meeting that there are 93 aircraft based out of the Lost Nation Airport. Another 12 are staying at the airport while work is being done at the Cuyahoga County Airport. Most years, they’ve had around 74, she said.

“Traffic is increasing out there, which makes fuel sales increase, which increases our income,” Fulop said. “As you see our revenues increase, you’re also going to see me doing more maintenance out there.”