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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Jan. 13, 2015  – After a 9 month, $16.579 million improvement project, Huntsville International Airport (HSV) has reopened its east runway along with adjacent taxiways.  The project was done in order to meet the requirements set for Panalpina’s 747-8 freighters, which are classified as a Group VI aircraft.  This project was made possible when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded $15,750,741 in discretionary funds to HSV for improvements to its east runway in September 2013. This is the largest grant HSV has ever received.