Burlington International Airport (BTV) in the US has received $14.5m in federal funding for airport improvements.
The upgrades include the expansion of the airport’s terminal building and the formation of one security checkpoint instead of two.
According to officials, construction is expected to commence in July and will conclude in about 12 to 18 months, reported Associated Press.
In a statement, Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger said: “This major federal award will enable us to build on our recent successes and make transformative improvements to the travelling experience at BTV.”
While the grant from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will cover 90% of the expenses, the remaining amount will be financed by the airport’s passenger facility charges.
Senate Appropriations Committee vice-chairman and US Senator Patrick Leahy was quoted by Associated Press as saying: “This federal investment positions the Burlington Airport for long-term growth and is a major win for Vermont travellers.”
Under the project, a second storey will be added onto the existing terminal, adding more than 1,858m² of floor space, along with five US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening lanes on the first floor.
The two existing security checkpoints will be merged into one, improving efficiency for travellers.
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced three grants under the FAA FY2021 Airport Improvement Program for infrastructure projects.
The grants will offer around $76m to Dallas-Fort Worth International, Chicago O’Hare International and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airports.
The mentioned airports are receiving financial aid under the terms of letters of intent formerly issued by the FAA, in obligation to a plan of grant funding dispersed over several fiscal years.