FAA awards $110 million to improve safety, capacity at 71 U.S. airports


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is allocating $110 million to fund 74 infrastructure projects at 71 airports across 32 states, money that comes from the $15 billion Airport Infrastructure Grant program established under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The grants will go towards a range of projects aimed at enhancing safety and efficiency. This includes constructing new taxiways, rehabilitating lighting systems, reconstructing aircraft rescue and firefighting facilities, and acquiring snow removal equipment.

“These grants help airports across the nation sustain and improve critical infrastructure to advance the safest, most efficient airport system in the world,” said FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta R. Griffin.

Major grants include $43 million for Charlotte Douglas International Airport to build a new 6,400-foot end-around taxiway, $8.6 million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport to reconstruct its aircraft rescue and firefighting building, and $1.3 million for Jamestown Regional Airport to rehabilitate an on-airport roadway for emergency vehicles.

Smaller airports also received funding, such as $497,484 for Walla Walla Regional Airport to acquire new snow removal equipment and $41,951 for Big Horn County Airport to purchase a new truck and plow.

The $110 million announced today is part of the nearly $9 billion in Airport Infrastructure Grants already allocated from the $15 billion program created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Airports have until the end of fiscal year 2025 to use the funds.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated the grants “increase safety and efficiency on taxiways and runways…to make America’s aviation systems safer and more efficient.”

The FAA prioritizes safety as its top priority and views these infrastructure investments as vital for sustaining and improving the nation’s airport system.

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