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FAA Awards $273M in Airport Project Grants

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

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Over $273 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants have recently been awarded to various airports across the country, according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The money is being distributed to 41 states and six territories, including the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Palau and Puerto Rico.

“This $273 million federal investment in our nation’s airports will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs, and benefit local communities,” said Chao.

The money is coming from the Airport Improvement Program ($242 million) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act ($31 million).

City of Chicago

Over $273 million in Federal Aviation Administration grants have recently been awarded to various airports across the country, according to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

“The safety of our nation’s airports is of paramount importance to the FAA,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson. “These grants will allow these necessary projects to continue.”

The various projects include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies and installing airport perimeter fencing.

A notable recipient of this round of grants is Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, which is receiving $13,990,633.

Chicago

While the $8.5 billion Chicago O’Hare International Airport expansion work plan remains unchanged so far, officials had expressed concern about funding for the project as recently as last month.

Officials reiterated at the time that the project isn’t funded by taxes, but by revenue generated from various fees. It’s that same piece of information, however, that’s worrying to airline officials in terms of the project as a whole, as the city is counting on airlines to help fund the expansion.

In April, airlines reported substantial first-quarter losses, though American Airlines has reportedly said that it remains committed to the O’Hare modernization project.

“We are continuing to work closely with our partners at the City of Chicago on all airport matters, including long-term modernization,” spokesperson Gianna Urgo said in a statement.

United issued a statement as well: “For now we are jointly focused on maintaining cost efficient operations at the airport during the COVID-19 crisis," the statement said. "We appreciate the City’s partnership and look forward to continuing our joint long-term planning work in the near future.”

Other Recent Funding of Note

The FAA announced $1.187 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants in late April that was divvied between 439 airports—among that list was the Denver International Airport, which received $13.3 million.

At the end of May, Denver City Council signed off on airport officials’ proposal to accelerate with the Denver International Airport project by approving an increase to the budget of $560 million.

The contract amendments were requested at the beginning of last month and include:

  • The $700 million contract to the JV of Turner and Flatiron would increase to $940 million;
  • The $655 million contract with Holder and FCI would increase to $920 million;
  • The Jacobs’ design contract and the HNTB’s contract would increase from $65 million to $85 million; and
  • Program manager WSP’s contract would increase from $45 million to $60 million.

   

Tagged categories: Airports; Department of Transportation (DOT); Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); Finance; Good Technical Practice; Government; Grants; NA; North America

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