The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced grants of over $31m for the expansion of cargo infrastructure at nine airports in the US.

These projects will enable the airports to fast-track the movement of goods across the country. 

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said: “Every day, we rely on goods transported through our nation’s airports. Today’s announcement will make improvements at airports across our country so they can handle cargo more efficiently and help strengthen America’s supply chains.”

Chicago Rockford International Airport (RFD) in Rockford, Illinois, received a grant of more than $6m to build a taxiway and connectors to increase access to the south cargo apron.

Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport (ANC) was allocated over $8m to rebuild the taxi lane and rehabilitate the apron.

Huntsville Airport-Carl T. Jones Field (HSV) in Huntsville, Alabama, was given a grant of more than $5m to rehabilitate the air cargo apron and expand the airport’s access road. South Carolina’s Greenville-Spartanburg airport was earmarked $4.5m to rehabilitate taxiway and cargo apron pavement.

Bishop International Airport (FNT) in Flint, Michigan, secured a grant of $2.3m for cargo apron pavement and other repairs.

Eugene F Kranz Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Ohio was allocated over $1m to rehabilitate cargo apron pavement and for design improvements of the taxiway safety area erosion control system.

Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) in Stockton, California, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, Rhode Island TF Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, also received grants from the FAA for executing various works at their respective airports.

The grants were awarded under the Airport Improvement Program, which supports repairs to runways and taxiways, airfield elements’ maintenance, construction of new and improved airport facilities, and procurement of equipment to run and maintain airports. 

Last week, the FAA awarded grants to 14 universities across the country to carry out research for reducing aviation emissions and noise.