Airports Receiving New Infrastructure Law Grants

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2024


The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded $148.3 million for 73 airport-related infrastructure projects in 28 states and Guam.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, these projects are funded exclusively under the bipartisan infrastructure law Airport Infrastructure Grants program, which provides about $15 billion in total funding with $3 billion available annually for 5 years.

“The funding we announce today will help 70 airports complete vital infrastructure projects that improve safety and efficiency,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. 

“This is another example of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to modernizing America's aviation system, keeping it safe and efficient for generations to come.”

The largest grant awards include:

  • $61.9 million to Orlando International in Florida: This project expands the existing Terminal C apron and an additional 138,481 square yards to accommodate increased use of the Terminal C facilities;
  • $22.1 million to General Edward Lawrence Logan International in Boston: These projects rehabilitate taxiway pavement, lighting systems and enhances the Land and Hold Short Operations systems at four locations on the airport to meet FAA standards;
  • $13.6 million to Dallas Love Field in Texas: This project constructs a 36,000-square-foot aircraft rescue and fire fighting building to assist the airport in meeting safety requirements and extend the life of the equipment by protecting it from adverse weather conditions; and
  • $12.0 million to Rhode Island T.F. Green International in Warwick, Rhode Island: This project constructs a new 60,000-square-yard cargo apron to accommodate increased use of the aviation facilities. 

The FAA reports that, to date, nearly $9 billion in American Infrastructure Grants funding has been made available to airports across the country.

“These grants help airports across the Nation sustain and improve critical infrastructure to advance the safest, most efficient airport system in the world,” said FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, Shannetta R. Griffin, P.E.

A full list of grants awarded are available here. A data visualization of the airports receiving funding can be viewed here.

Airport Terminal Program

In February, the FAA awarded almost $1 billion to 114 airports nationwide, spanning 44 states and three territories.

The grants are part of the Airport Terminal Program, one of three aviation programs created by the bipartisan infrastructure law and follows more than $240 million in funding for Airport Infrastructure Grants. The law provides $1 billion annually for five years for Airport Terminal Program grants.

The funding is anticipated to help meet the growing demand for air travel and launch projects that will improve passenger experience, accessibility and sustainability while creating good-paying jobs.

Investments reportedly include new baggage systems, larger security checkpoints, increasing gate capacity, and modernizing aging infrastructure throughout terminals and ground transportation.

Additionally, the funding increases terminal sustainability and improves accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Nine of the grants are expected to address the needs of aging air traffic control towers. 

The month prior, the administration also awarded $243.7 million in Fiscal Year 2024 Airport Infrastructure Grants through the bipartisan infrastructure law. The 150 grants in 37 states targeted modernizing airport infrastructure, improving runway safety and creating jobs.

Over the last decade, the FAA reported, funding inconsistencies have delayed the ability to modernize technology and infrastructure that support the airspace. These awards are expected to help reverse that trend to ensure that American air travel remains the safest and most efficient in the world. 

   

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