WASHINGTON DC - $779 million in Federal government funding is to be provided to upgrade infrastructure at 127 airports in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.
"This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities," U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said Wednesday.
Click here to access the list of airports, inclusive of what work is to be undertaken in each case, and what amount of funding is to apply to each of the selected airport's enhancement.
The airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase their safety, capacity, and security.
This funding is in addition to the $3.31 billion awarded in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018, and $205 million awarded in the first tranche of supplemental AIP funding in September 2018.
Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by the funding is expected to increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity - and could support further potential growth and development within each airport’s region. The airports receiving the funding are serving smaller cities and towns in regional areas.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Federal Register notice on July 9, 2018, explaining the evaluation criteria and submission process. After the FAA awarded $205 million to 37 airports in 34 states in September 2018, airports in October 2018 submitted additional funding requests for grant awards in fiscal years 2019 or 2020.
According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.