The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie a grant of $1,136,163 for infrastructure improvements.

This grant will allow the airport to install airfield guidance signs, runway lighting, and a vertical/visual guidance system, and also reconstruct a runway.

U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, along with 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen made the announcement Thursday, June 7.

“Critical investments in our infrastructure help create good jobs while enhancing public safety,” Klobuchar said. “By investing in the Flying Cloud Airport, we are making an important down payment on the economy of the region and the safety of the airport’s customers.”

“When we invest in infrastructure, we lay the groundwork that drives economic growth,” Smith said. “Flying Cloud Airport is 11 miles southwest of Minneapolis and upgrading its capabilities expands opportunities for the entire Twin Cities metro area.”

“I visited Flying Cloud Airport’s control tower just this week. The airport is a valuable regional asset and investing in infrastructure improvements will make it safer and better-suited to serve the needs of the community,” Paulsen said.