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July 7, 2022

US earmarks $968.6m for airport upgrades

The funds will be used to construct new terminals and air traffic control towers as well as increase gate capacity.

The US Transportation Department has announced funding of $968.6m to improve infrastructure at 85 airports across the country, Reuters reported.

This capital will be used to construct new terminals and air traffic control towers as well as increase gate capacity, reconfigure security checkpoints and add baggage claim belts.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was quoted by the news agency as saying: “America is a country that brought modern aviation to the world and yet around the world in most rankings of airport quality, not one of our airports rank among the Top 25.

“The existing system and existing levels of funding have been adequate.”

Los Angeles International airport has been allocated $50m to rebuild its terminal roadway system and reconfigure its central entrance.

The Boston airport will receive $62m for overhauling Terminal E facilities and replacing arrival roadways, while $50m will be awarded to Orlando airport for the construction of four new gates.

Atlanta airport has had $40m earmarked for widening and upgrading its Concourse D, which is four decades old.

Detroit Metropolitan Airport will secure $49.6m to replace some passenger boarding bridges as well as add new baggage claim belts and restrooms.

Funding of $21m will be provided for the construction of replacement terminal buildings at airports in Montana that serve Yellowstone and Missoula.

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport will be awarded $35m for the construction of a new zero-carbon electrical utility plant.

In May, the Federal Aviation Administration in the US allocated more than $608m to improve safety at the country’s airports.

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