FAA to Award $771M Grants for Airport Modernization Projects; Elaine Chao Comments

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The Federal Aviation Administration will award a total of $771 million grants to fund the modernization of aircraft infrastructure such as runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals and aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles.

FAA said Friday the effort is part of the Airport Improvement Program, which invests $3.2 billion in modernization projects for public-use airports across the U.S.

Transportation Department Secretary Elaine Chao stated that upgrading airports will help boost safety, travel experience and local economies.

The grant awardees include:

  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • White Mountain Airport
  • Ontario International Airport
  • Augusta Regional Airport
  • Ottumwa Regional Airport
  • Blue Grass Airport
  • Bangor International Airport
  • Columbia Regional Airport
  • Lincoln Airport
  • Tulsa International Airport
  • Corvallis Municipal Airport
  • Grand Strand Airport
  • Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
  • Blue Ridge Airport
  • Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport

AIP awards grants to airports based on their activity levels and project needs.

FAA found in a recent study that U.S. civil aviation takes up $1.6 trillion in economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.