FAA awards US$30.5 million in infrastructure grants to 13 Airports in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award US$495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total US$3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

“This significant investment in airport improvements at 13 airports in Florida will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The grants include a US$11.5 million award to Eglin Air Force Base/Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Valparaiso to expand the terminal building and apron; and a total of US$9.7 million in awards to Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport in Sarasota to rehabilitate the aircraft rescue and firefighting building, to rehabilitate a taxiway, to update the airport master plan study and to improve airport drainage. (See the link below for a complete listing of the grants awarded to airports in Florida).

There will be a total of 358 grants to 327 airports around the country in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. 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 this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region.

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 US$1.6 trillion 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.


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