Study: Arizona airports need billions in funding

A study commissioned by the Arizona Department of Transportation shows the state's 83 public-use airports will need an additional $9.7 billion in funding to keep up with demand over the next two decades. Much of the money is needed for safety and security projects: For instance, the study noted that only 60% of state airports meet FAA guidelines for runway protection zones. Finding the $486 million needed each year will be difficult, experts say, in part because lawmakers are diverting tens of millions of dollars from the state aviation fund into projects unrelated to aviation.

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