US FAA awards $479.1m in airport infrastructure grants
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US FAA awards $479.1m in airport infrastructure grants

06 Oct 2021 (Last Updated October 6th, 2021 12:21)

The funding will support 123 projects at airports across 50 US states, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.

US FAA awards $479.1m in airport infrastructure grants
Colorado’s Denver International Airport has obtained $16.4m for the construction of a new 5,000ft taxiway. In the picture, the Air Traffic Control Tower at Denver International Airport. Credit: Bmurphy380 / Wikimedia.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US has provided nearly $479.1m in grants to support sustainable infrastructure development and safety projects at the airports.

Overall, the allocation will support 123 projects at airports across 50 US states, American Samoa and Puerto Rico.

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said: “These grants will help strengthen our country’s airports and the communities they serve by making investments that create jobs and increase safety, sustainability and accessibility.”

Main allocations include a grant of $2.2m to New York-based Watertown International Airport (ART) for the deployment of an upgraded Approach Lighting System.

Harlem Airport in Montana will use a $2.1m federal grant to renew its runway, taxiway, and apron pavement surfaces, along with its runway edge lighting system.

Nearly $4m was allocated to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston. This amount will be utilised to purchase electric charging stations for ground-servicing equipment.

Colorado’s Denver International Airport (DEN) has obtained $16.4m for the construction of a new 5,000ft taxiway while Mississippi-based Stennis International Airport (HSA) secured $3.1m to support third party investment in hangar development and expand an apron.

Meanwhile, Florida’s Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has received around $3.7m to add five new gates and apron loading areas to the current terminal.

Ontario International Airport (ONT) in California has secured $15.2m in federal grant to reconstruct 832,000ft² of taxiways and their connectors.

Approximately $13.3m has been allocated to Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) in New York to reconstruct a runway.

This fiscal year, more than $3.1bn in Airport Improvement Programme (AIP) grants were awarded, in addition to the latest funding.

Last month, the FAA allocated more than $431.8m in grants to increase safety and reduce environmental impact at airports.