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September 22, 2021

FAA allocates $431.8m in grants for airport improvement works in the US

Given from the final round of the Fiscal Year 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants, the FAA funding will be used for airport projects.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has allocated more than $431.8m in grants to increase safety and reduce environmental impact at airports.

The grants will be used to support key projects at 60 airports located across 31 US states, as well as in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

The funding was allocated from the final round of the Fiscal Year 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants.

FAA administrator Steve Dickson said: “With today’s awards, the FAA has provided $3.2bn in airports funds this year to improve safety, environmental stewardship and accessibility.

“These grants support airport infrastructure across our National Airspace System, providing federal investment to communities of all sizes, from remote areas to major metropolitan cities.”

The airports will use the federal grants to fund the construction of new infrastructures such as the airport parking area, the reconstruction and extension of taxiways, as well as other sustainability initiatives.

Some of the key allocations include a grant of $35.6m to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) in Romulus, Michigan, for improving the overall airfield safety by reconstructing a taxiway.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Fort Worth, Texas, received a total of two grants worth $35m to build two replacement aircraft rescue and firefighting buildings and to purchase zero-emission passenger shuttle buses and associated charging infrastructure.

Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) in Colorado will use the federal grant of $15.7m to build a new 10,500ft replacement runway to meet FAA standards.

Gallatin Airport in Sparta, Kentucky, received $7.9m to fund the third of four phases of a new airport in Gallatin County.

Memphis International Airport (MEM) in Tennessee received a grant of $24.8m to build a de-icing pad with associated facilities, while Denver International Airport in Colorado secured a grant of $8.7m to support voluntary airport low emissions (VALE) projects.

FAA awarded a grant of $7.1m to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) in New Mexico, and $4.6m to Sacramento International Airport (SMF) in California to purchase zero-emissions passenger shuttle buses.

Albuquerque International Sunport will also reconstruct a taxiway using a part of the federal grant.

Bismarck Municipal Airport (BIS) in North Dakota secured $5.6m to install airfield drainage and storm sewer improvements.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said: “To get passengers where they need to be safely and sustainably, we must make ongoing investments in our aviation system. These grants will help fulfil our commitment to building a safer, more equitable and more sustainable future.”

Last month, FAA granted more than $766m for improvement projects at US airports.

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