FAA Awards $479.1M For Sustainable Airport Projects

Projects to be funded by the FAA grants include electric charging stations, new taxiways, and airport perimeter fencing.

Federal transportation officials have awarded $479.1 million in grants for more than 100 sustainable infrastructure and safety projects at U.S. airports, the FAA announced Tuesday.

Grants were awarded for 123 airport projects in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and American Samoa for projects that bolster airport accessibility, sustainability and workforce.

Some of the projects funded at 95 airports include:

  • Electric charging stations for ground-servicing equipment
  • Airfield drainage and erosion control systems
  • New aprons to support airport operations that help create jobs
  • Runway reconstruction and airfield perimeter fence replacement

“These grants will help strengthen our country’s airports and the communities they serve by making investments that create jobs and increase safety, sustainability and accessibility,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement.

The $479.1 million in safety and sustainability grants comes two weeks after the FAA announced $431.8 million in Airport Improvement Program grants awarded to airports in 31 states, in addition to Puerto Rico and the U.S Virgin Islands. The FAA has awarded more than $3.1 billion in AIP grants during Fiscal 2021.

By the Numbers

Some of the top projects awarded to general aviation airports through the latest round of grants include:

  • Gainesville Regional Airport, (KGNV) rehabilitate taxiway ($6.7 million)
  • Brigham City Regional (KBMC), reconstruct runway lighting, rehabilitate runway ($6.1 million)
  • Ameila Earhart (K59), construct runway ($6.1 million)
  • Pullman/Moscow Regional (KPUW), construct apron ($6.1 million)

The FAA included awards for airport projects in two territories. Pago Pago International (NSTU) in American Samoa was awarded $7.4 million to rehabilitate a runway. Luis Munoz Marin International (TJSJ) in San Juan, Puerto Rico, received $13.2 million to reconstruct an apron.

More numbers:

  • Thirteen airports received more than $10 million in funding.
  • Five airports received less than $1 million.
  • A total of 123 projects were funded.

An interactive map showing the rewards and projects can be found here.

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