The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) is set to receive a $15m federal grant through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) to carry out various improvements.

The federal grant will be used for runway, safety, and other development projects included in Baton Rouge Airport’s Master Plan. The improvements will speed up the airport’s growth, while ensuring its economic sustainability in the long term.

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport Aviation director Mike Edwards said that a standard runway safety area and runway protection zone will be established for Runway 13-31 as part of the project.

The funding will also be used to improve overall airport operations.

“We’re viewing this as a deposit and part of our broader, ongoing efforts to help make BTR the airport that Louisiana’s capital city deserves.”

Edwards noted that the community and surrounding area will be provided new opportunities as the airport continues to grow and develop.

Edwards further added: “We are excited about the FAA’s decision to grant this supplemental funding award.

“As Ranking Member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Representative Garret Graves continues to work and advocate on behalf of our industry. We are grateful to Representative Graves and the Louisiana delegation for their support of this project and our efforts to obtain funding.”

On 23 March 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the legislation into law that provided the FAA AIP funding, enabling the Secretary of Transportation to issue grants for selected and authorised projects.

Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) said: “We’re viewing this as a deposit and part of our broader, ongoing efforts to help make BTR the airport that Louisiana’s capital city deserves.”

Later this year, Graves plans to secure a second funding source for Baton Rouge Airport.