US FAA allocates more than $627.7m for airport improvement works

5 April 2021 (Last Updated April 5th, 2021 09:34)

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has allocated more than $627.7m in grants for airport improvement works.

US FAA allocates more than $627.7m for airport improvement works
The Wilbur Wright Federal Building, which serves as the Federal Aviation Administration headquarters. Credit: MBisanz.

The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has allocated more than $627.7m in grants for airport improvement works.

The allotment will be utilised to fund infrastructure and safety projects in 390 airports located in 39 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated States of Micronesia.

The funding will be allocated through the FY2021 Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg said: “Airports serve as a lifeline for communities across the nation.

“Modernising our infrastructure in a way that creates jobs, ensures safety, combats climate change, and fosters equity is a top priority for the Biden-Harris Administration. These Airport Improvement grants will help airports across the country better serve their communities.”

Some of the key projects that will be funded through the programme include the construction of a new replacement airport in Newtok, Alaska.

The project, which will receive more than $21.1m in grants, will benefit the local residents who depend solely on aviation to procure goods and for transportation.

The replacement airport project is expected to complete in 2023.

The reconstruction of Runway 08/26 in Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, will receive around $19.5m. The project is expected to complete in 2025.

Some other projects which will be funded are shifting and reconfiguring the existing runway of Willow Run Airport in Michigan; construction of an apron and taxi lanes in Salt Lake City International, Utah; and revamping the hangar building in Sawyer International, Gwinn, Michigan.

FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said: “These grants are an investment in safety and continued innovation.

“Every airport in every community plays a vital role in our air transportation system.”