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August 25, 2021updated 24 Nov 2021 5:24am

FAA awards $766m in grants to support improvement projects at US airports

The Airport Improvement Program secures funding of nearly $3.2bn every year.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted more than $766m for the development of safer, more sustainable and more accessible airports across the country.

The funding from the fifth round of FY 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants will support projects at 279 airports in 44 states.

With the American Rescue Plan in place, these projects will not be required to pay the usual local match as $100m will be provided in the law.

To expand capacity and enhance safety, Alexandria International Airport will use the $3.9m grant for runway extension, earthwork, and drainage developments.

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Glen Burnie has secured $12.2m to move Taxiway F to be in line with the current FAA design standards.

Among the other recipients of the funding is Great Falls International Airport, which will obtain $4.8m for the construction of a de-icing pad and facilities to keep de-icing materials separately from stormwater.

In addition, Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport will receive $10.6m for the deployment of a geothermal system in the terminal to improve the airport’s energy efficiency.

The FAA will also provide funds for facilitating accessibility at the airports for individuals with disabilities.

Around $16.4m will be awarded to Wilmington International Airport for increasing the terminal building and apron to manage the increased use of the terminal facilities.

Meanwhile, Fort Wayne International Airport will receive nearly $6.1m for expanding the terminal building, as well as refurbishing the current ticketing area and passenger gates to enhance passenger capacity.

Every year, the Airport Improvement Program secures nearly $3.2bn in funding.

The FAA aims to provide more than 1,800 grants this year. It has also provided $20.4m in funding to minimise emissions and enhance air quality at airports nationwide.

These grants will be used for procuring zero-emission airport vehicles and their electric charging infrastructure and will electrify the ramp equipment used for serving aircraft at the gate.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said: “Transportation might be the biggest emitter of CO₂ but that means we have the opportunity to be a big part of the solution. These grants put us on the right path to build a more sustainable aviation system.”

Last month, the FAA granted more than $845m for projects at around 388 airports in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

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