The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has awarded around $518m in grants to improve critical infrastructure at airports across the country.

The allocation represents the second round of the 2022 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) awards, which aim to bolster aviation infrastructure.

Overall, it includes 416 grants to support an array of airport projects, such as the construction of new and improved facilities as well as maintenance and repair of runways and other airfield elements.

The grants will also be used to buy new equipment to support operations or maintenance.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said: “In communities of all sizes, airports are vital to local economies, sustaining jobs, and getting people and goods where they need to go.

“We’re pleased to announce this important funding to help improve airports around the country and better serve all Americans.” 

Some of the key allocations include a $13.4m grant for James M Cox Dayton International Airport in Ohio, where the funding will be used to rehabilitate 54,000 square yards of the existing terminal apron pavement.

Cyril E King Airport in the Virgin Islands will receive $12.2m to renovate the existing Taxiway A. The Phase 2 funds will be used to rehabilitate the west 3,300ft of the 7,000ft taxiway.

Lehigh Valley International Airport in Pennsylvania obtained $7.9m to support the final phase of work to rehabilitate 7,600ft of the Runway 6/24 pavement as well as the existing Runway 6/24 lighting system.

Another $7m in federal grants will support the final phase of the Runway Incursion Mitigation programme at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Illinois.

FAA associate administrator for airports Shannetta Griffin said: “We’re investing $518m in airports across America so communities big and small can continue to safely and efficiently connect with the rest of the world.”

The agency has so far allocated $1.1bn of the $3.2bn available funding for fiscal year 2022. Last month, it announced more than $608m in grants under the first round of the 2022 AIP.