The US Government has approved a $779m funding package aimed at modernising 127 airports in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico.

Selected airports will use the funds for construction work and installation of new equipment to boost the airport’s safety, emergency response capabilities, capacity, and security.

The grant will be utilised for runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, as well as maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said: “This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities.”

The latest financial support is in addition to the $3.31bn awarded in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018, and $205m granted to 37 airports in 34 states in the first installment of supplemental AIP funding in September last year.

Chao further said that the investments in American airports will boost the nation’s competitiveness and improve the quality of life for the travelling public.

The US civil aviation makes up for $1.6tn in total economic activity and supports approximately 11 million jobs, as per the FAA’s most recent economic analysis.

Bryce Canyon Airport has been awarded $5m to rehabilitate its runway. Canyonlands Field Airport in Moab will get $4.75m to construct a taxiway.

Similarly, the Roosevelt Municipal Airport has been allocated $9m for a runway, taxiway, lighting and drainage improvements.

A $10m infrastructure grant will help repave a runway at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.