The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US is set to provide a total of $335.3m airport infrastructure grants under its Airport Improvement Programme (AIP) to 237 airports across the country.
The grant programme is designed to fund airport infrastructure projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings, in turn providing thousands of job opportunities.
Based on high-priority project needs, FAA is further awarding discretionary funding to five airports.
AIP funding is awarded to airports depending on passenger volume, while discretionary funding is offered when an airport’s capital project requirements are more than their existing entitlement funds.
FAA administrator Michael Huerta said: “AIP allows us to invest in the long-term safety and economic vitality of our nation’s airports.”
The airports receiving the discretionary grants include Los Angeles International Airport, Sioux County Regional Airport, Orange County Airport, John Glenn Columbus International Airport and Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport.
Los Angeles International Airport is set to receive $11m, which will be used for the construction of Taxiway T connecting the north and south runway complexes, and for the east and west aircraft parking aprons at the Tom Bradley International Terminal building.
Sioux Centre’s Sioux County Regional Airport intends to use its $4.7m grant for the completion of new airport construction, replacing the Orange City Municipal Airport and Sioux Centre Municipal Airport.
FAA is offering $14.6m for Orange County Airport in Montgomery for the realignment of navigational aids, such as parallel taxiway, connector taxiways, and an existing runway to generate a standard safety area.
John Glenn Columbus International Airport in Columbus will reimburse the construction of a replacement runway performed in 2013 with a $533,000 FAA grant, while Wilkes-Barre / Scranton International Airport in Avoca plans to use the $5.4m to rehabilitate Taxiway B and D, as well as improve drainage, signage, grading and lighting.