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June 10, 2019

US FAA to award grants for airport infrastructure projects

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced grants worth $840m for infrastructure projects at several airports across the US.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced grants worth $840m for infrastructure projects at several airports across the US.

The 432 grants will be distributed among 381 airports to boost safety, capacity and emergency response capabilities.

FAA’s funding will support airports infrastructure projects such as runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, maintenance of aprons, taxiways and terminals, as well as the building of firefighting facilities.

The funds will also support the financing of equipment.

US Department of Transportation secretary Elaine L Chao said: “This significant investment in airport improvements will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in US aviation.”

A total of $3.18bn will be invested in US airports through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Airports that will receive grants include Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport, Bishop Airport and Des Moines International Airport.

These airports will receive $11.5m, $17.1m, $4.6m and $10.3m, respectively.

Des Moines International Airport will use the grant to reconstruct a runway and apron, while Bishop Airport will use the funds to rehabilitate some of its taxiways.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport plans to build an aircraft rescue and firefighting building, purchase two aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, and carry out an environmental study.

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has welcomed the investment.

AOPA president and CEO Mark Baker said: “These are worthwhile projects that will help ensure a safe and strong aviation system across the United States, especially in small and medium-sized communities where airports provide significant economic benefits to these areas.”

Last year, Congress provided $1bn in supplemental funding for airport safety projects.

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