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Arkansas Airports Received $48 Million in Federal Aid Since 2005

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Small airports in Arkansas with limited or no commercial activity have received more than $48.8 million since 2005 in federal taxes and fees paid by airline passengers flying from larger airports.  That's according to a review of the state numbers by The Associated Press.

The top recipient among smaller airports in Arkansas is the Rogers Municipal Airport, which houses corporate jets for the nearby Wal-Mart headquarters.  The Rogers airport collected $9.4 million since 2005.  The airport's fixed base operator, or FBO, as the aircraft service companies are known, is Beaver Lake Aviation, a subsidiary of Wal-Mart Stores Incorporated that is home to the Wal-Mart aviation fleet.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the program is used to improve runways, lighting and fences.  But the program has come under fire in Washington, with some saying that commercial airline passengers shouldn't have to subsidize improvements at airports used primarily by private and corporate jets.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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