US to provide $800m for airport safety and infrastructure projects

1 July 2020 (Last Updated July 1st, 2020 11:54)

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced that the US government will provide airport safety and infrastructure grants worth around $800m.

US to provide $800m for airport safety and infrastructure projects
US Department of Transport headquarters. Credit: Aude.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has announced that the US Government will provide airport safety and infrastructure grants worth around $800m.

The grants will be provided via the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 46 states and four territories, namely Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Marshall Islands.

Chao stated: “This nearly $800m federal investment in airport infrastructure will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide many economic benefits for local communities.”

Of the funds, around $689m will be provided from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $104.4m under the CARES Act grants, which is 100% federal funded.

FAA administrator Stephen Dickson said: “These 383 grants will allow airport sponsors to either begin or complete construction projects that will maintain the safety and efficiency of our national airport system.”

The grants will be provided for different critical infrastructure and safety projects, including the purchase of aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment and the construction or rehabilitation of runways and taxiways.

The grant money will also be used to install aircraft lighting and signage, to carry out airport master plan studies and to fit airport perimeter fencing.

This April, FAA announced airport safety and infrastructure grants worth $1.18bn to 439 US airports.

In the same month, on behalf of the US Department of Transport (USDOT), Chao announced an award of $10bn to commercial and general aviation airports under the CARES Act Airport Grant Program.

In February, USDOT announced airport infrastructure grants worth $520.5m to 287 airports located across 41 US states.