Airports serve an important role in the state transportation system.
The goals of the Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) include:
The program is open to public-use airports in Kansas as defined in K.S.A. 75-5061. Projects under this program are solicited annually to preserve or modernize facilities, to design or plan continued development and to improve or add equipment. A key element of the program is a local matching requirement of between 5 and 50 percent, which is determined by project category. This $5 million per year in state funds, combined with local matching funds, results in $5.5 to $6 million in airport improvements per year on average.
Since its inception in FY 2000, the program has supported 478 projects at 115 public-use airports totaling over $101 million in airport improvements to the state.
The KASP works in concert with other important planning efforts that include the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS), KDOT's Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP), plus individual airport capital improvement programs, layout plans, and master plans. The following are the primary objectives of the KASP process: