The Federal Aviation Administration said it will award $282.6 million more in its latest announcement of airport infrastructure grants, with this disbursement
going to 67 airports in 29 states.
"The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements," said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities."
The FAA said that with this latest group of grant awards it has announced more than 1,428 grants this year to nearly 1,210 airports, for a total of $2.3 billion. In all, they will aid 581 runway projects and 490 taxiway projects that are important to both safety and efficiency of the nation's airports.
That affects state departments of transportation. Many directly own and maintain infrastructure for commercial or general aviation airports, and others often support facilities within their state borders with financial assistance or with road projects nearby.
Under the federal program, airports are entitled to a certain amount of funds each year based on passenger volume. And if their capital project needs exceed available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement the entitlements with discretionary funding.
In this latest group of awards, the FAA listed $94.3 million in entitlement grants and $188.3 million in discretionary project awards. The full listing is
The grants include $26.1 million in funding to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Metairie, La. – all but $2.3 million of it discretionary – for an aircraft apron project.
The FAA is awarding $21.3 million, of which $20 million is discretionary, to build a new airport at Williston, N.D.
Pennsylvania project grants include $16.7 million to Philadelphia International to repair a taxiway and extend a runway, and $15 million to Harrisburg International for runway rehabilitation.
The Midland (Texas) International Air and Space Port will receive more than $10.2 million for taxiway, apron and terminal building improvements.
The Bethel (Alaska) Airport will use $10.55 million in entitlement funds on apron and taxiway work.
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