The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced $986m in grants to execute infrastructure improvement projects at 354 airports.

The airports are located in 44 US states, as well as Puerto Rico and Micronesia.

This award is part of the total $3.18bn in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine L Chao said: “Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities.”

The infrastructure improvement projects will include runway renovation, the construction of firefighting facilities, the reduction of noise and emissions and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals.

These upgrades will improve safety, capacity and help to build economic growth and development at the airports.

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Florida-based St Pete-Clearwater International Airport will receive $19.7m, the highest amount, to rehabilitate Runway 18/36.

Burlington International Airport in Vermont and Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia International Airport will receive $16m and $13.4m respectively. The funding will be used to reconstruct taxiways.

International Falls Airport in Minnesota will be awarded $15.9m to reconstruct Runway 13/31 and San Francisco International Airport in California will use the funding to deploy measures to reduce noise.

According to FAA’s latest economic analysis, US civil aviation contributes $1.6trn in total economic activity and supports around 11 million jobs.

In July this year, US DOT awarded $478m in FAA AIP airport infrastructure grants to 232 airports in 43 states, including American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico.