The Federal Aviation Administration is investing $205M in grants to support infrastructure projects at small airports across 34 states, with a focus on rural areas. Initial funds would support runway reconstruction and facility maintenance efforts at 37 airports, the Department of Transportation said Wednesday.
"This $205M in Airport Improvement Program grants directly addresses the need for improved aviation infrastructure – especially in rural communities,” said Elaine Chao, U.S. secretary of transportation.
These new funds add to the $3.31B obligated under AIP for fiscal year 2018, with a remainder of $1B to follow in fiscal years 2019 and 2020. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 provides for these supplemental funds, and directs the FAA to oversee corresponding efforts through fiscal 2020. The agency would prioritize smaller and rural airports with regard to the funds.
The full list of AIP grants can be found here.
The DOT also looks to invest $10B to develop new transportation infrastructure across the nation during the current fiscal year.