The US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $205m in airport infrastructure grants for the modernisation of airports across 34 states.

More than half of these airports serve rural communities and mostly general aviation.

The latest grant is beyond the $3.31bn funding assistance, which was awarded in the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during the fiscal year 2018.

USDOT secretary Elaine Chao said: “This $205m in Airport Improvement Program grants directly addresses the need for improved aviation infrastructure – especially in rural communities.”

This first increment of funding offers grants to projects at 37 airports, which include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals.

The construction and equipment supported by this funding are set to boost the safety, capacity and related issues at the airport.

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“This $205m in Airport Improvement Program grants directly addresses the need for improved aviation infrastructure – especially in rural communities.”

On 9 July this year, the FAA issued a Federal Register notice, which contained the statutory rules, evaluation criteria and the submission process for the funding.

The remaining $1bn airport infrastructure grants will be awarded during fiscal years 2019 and 2020, based on requests submitted by 31 October.

To strengthen the safety and efficiency of the airports across the US, the FAA is managing the supplemental programme in coordination with the regular annual AIP grant programme.

US infrastructure, particularly its 3,300 airports, is said to enhance the country’s competitiveness and boost the travelling public’s quality of life.

The FAA is managing the programme over fiscal years 2018 to 2020.

In July this year, the FAA awarded $659.8m in airport infrastructure grants for the modernisation of 390 airports as part of a $3.18bn AIP.