A $9 million improvement plan begins next week at a Southern New Mexico airport where officials want to expand the capability to land cargo planes.

“The whole price tag is $25 million. Every time we get a new piece of money like the $9 million, we get closer to our ultimate goal of having full-blown cargo operations there,” said Jerry Pacheco, president and CEO of the Border Industrial Association.

The $9 million for runway reconstruction comes from a combination of Federal Aviation Administration and State of New Mexico funds.