Source: Federal Aviation Administration
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $986M in airport infrastructure grants, the fifth allotment of the total $3.18B in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
“This significant investment in airport improvements in Arizona will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said Chao.
The Arizona grants include the following awards:
- Two grants totaling $21,917,300 to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport–$21,375,000 for apron reconstruction. An apron is an area where aircraft park, load and unload passengers and cargo, and refuel. $542,300 for taxiway construction.
- $9,050,133 to Tucson International Airport for runway reconstruction.
- $8,994,102 to Glendale Municipal Airport to buy land for approaches.
- Two grants totaling $2,773,654 to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.–$1,498,814 for taxiway reconstruction. $1,274,840 to construct a building.
- $576,782 to Taylor Airport to reconstruct a parking lot and install perimeter fencing.
The FAA will award grants to 354 airports in 44 states and two territories–Micronesia and Puerto Rico. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by these grants will enhance safety and capacity while promoting economic growth in the regions served by each airport.
Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6T in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure.
Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.