Ontario International Airport (ONT) in the US is set to receive more than $11.8m Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants for important infrastructure repairs and airport modernisation.
The grants will be provided through the agency’s Airport Improvement Program that helps US airports in revamping and modernising their infrastructure.
Ontario International Airport Authority president Alan Wapner said: “The grant funds are a vital component of our efforts to update ONT’s infrastructure, enhance the airport’s competitiveness and attract economic development to the region.”
Out of the total $11.8m grant, nearly $8.7m will be used to repair ramp aprons currently used by cargo aircraft, while almost $2.6m to build a taxiway.
Approximately $314,000 of the grant will be used for taxiway repairs and $204,000 to install runway lighting.
US Representative Norma Torres said: “In the last year alone, traffic at the airport has grown by 10%, including 24% for international passengers.
“By investing in infrastructure improvements, this FAA grant will help ensure that the airport can continue to grow, create and support good-paying jobs, and boost the economy across the Inland Empire.”
US Senator Dianne Feinstein said: “The leadership of Ontario International Airport has been steadily improving the airport’s infrastructure since it reverted back to local control.
‘This grant will help the airport build on that progress and continue to serve as a vital hub for cargo traffic in and out of the Inland Empire.”
ONT operates a non-stop commercial jet service to 18 major airports in the US, Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to a number of domestic and overseas destinations. There is an average of 64 daily departures offered by eight airlines.