U.S. airports receive $187 million in grants for upgrades and expansions

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded nearly $187 million in airport infrastructure grants to 90 airports across 34 states.

The funding comes from the Airport Infrastructure Grant (AIG) program established under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“Millions of people fly every day, and making sure passengers can get to and from their destinations safely, and with less stress, has been a priority for the Biden-Harris Administration,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“The funding we’re announcing today will help 91 airports make critical upgrades to improve travel and further modernize our aviation infrastructure.”

Major grants include $61.8 million to Detroit Metropolitan Airport for rehabilitating an aircraft rescue road, $23.5 million to San Diego International Airport for building a new 1.2 million square foot terminal, and $19.7 million to Kodiak Airport in Alaska for reconstructing a taxiway.

Other significant awards are $20.5 million to Pittsburgh International Airport for terminal renovations, $8.1 million to Portland International Jetport in Maine for taxiway rehabilitation, and $6.1 million to Tucson International Airport for relocating a runway.

“These grants not only invest in the physical infrastructure of our airports, but also in strengthening safety and improving efficiency for travelers,” said FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta R. Griffin.

The AIG program total is $15 billion, with nearly $9 billion awarded so far. It is one of three aviation grant programs funded by the $25 billion for airport improvements in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

The FAA grants cover projects like terminal expansions, baggage system upgrades, runway safety enhancements, and other airport modernization efforts across the country.

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