McSally Delivers on Long-Overdue Runway Expansion and Munitions Storage for Tucson International Airport
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ) today successfully offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will expand a parallel runway at Tucson International Airport (TIA) and provide space for expansion of munitions storage facilities on the property.
Specifically, this amendment authorizes a land transfer that will allow TIA to relocate and extend a parallel runway for use by civilian and National Guard personnel. It will also provide additional land space for Raytheon’s munitions storage facilities.
“Together, the Air Force, the Arizona Air National Guard, the Tucson Airport Authority, Pima County, and a number of other local stakeholders have worked hard for many years to make this runway expansion project a reality. My amendment will carry this project across the finish line at the federal level. This expansion will facilitate significant economic growth, development, and viability of our region. Additionally, this extra space will allow Raytheon to expand its munitions storage facilities on the airport property so they can continue their important work of providing critical munitions to our nation’s military right here in Tucson. It will also enhance the kinds of support the 162nd Wing can provide for our troops.”
In 2016, Raytheon announced a $550 million facility expansion in anticipation of increasing missile production, testing, and storage, requiring 559,000 square feet of new commercial space. The TIA expansion project will help Raytheon in this new effort.
Additionally, TIA is home to the 162nd Wing—the Air National Guard's (ANG) premier F-16 fighter pilot training unit. It is one of the largest ANG wings in the country and resides on 92 acres next to the Tucson International Airport. The wing shares use of the runway with the airport and will also benefit from its expansion.