Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority has secured a $29.11m federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for the expansion of Huntsville International Airport.
The funding, which was announced by US Senator Richard Shelby, will be used to construct a new 4,600ft-long taxiway at the Huntsville International-Carl T Jones Field.
Shelby said: “This new taxiway will allow for increased accessibility and efficiency for air traffic commuting to and from North Alabama.
“Additionally, the funding will play a vital role in enhancing economic development throughout the region. As Huntsville continues to attract more business, it is essential that the city and surrounding area improve and modernise local infrastructure in order to meet the demands of its booming economy.”
The construction of the taxiway will give access to current airport property that can accommodate up to eleven 747-9 parking positions, as well as more than 600,000ft² of hangar space, doubling the airports’ current cargo capability.
Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said: “This $29.1m grant will help Huntsville International Airport make significant infrastructure improvements to accommodate more direct flights into the area.
“With the recent addition of Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines, the airport needs more capacity to manage increased traffic and future expansions that will support Huntsville’s bustling economy.”
The airport will also use the fund to improve the Jetplex Industrial Park, International Intermodal Center as well as the additional facilities at the airport.