JUNEAU -- Juneau International Airport officials will seek federal funding to install more approach lights for its main runway.
KTOO reports the city-owned airport already has $1 million for the project, but that will only pay for three lights on the east end of the runway. Airport Manager Jeannie Johnson says ideally, there should be eight lights on the runway. The west end is fully illuminated.
Johnson says Alaska Airlines estimates there were more than 450 missed approaches in Juneau in 2011. Most eventually landed after taking another pass.
Additional lighting will help pilots land in bad weather.
The airport is seeking the money in any leftover Federal Aviation Administration project funds that will go unused this fiscal year. Johnson says the three members of Alaska's congressional delegation support the request.