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The Federal Aviation Administration plans to award nearly $1 billion in grants to 85 airports across the country to improve terminals of all sizes.

[Above photo by Airports Council International]

Those grants – funded by the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA, enacted in November 2021 – seek to expand capacity at the nation’s airport terminals, increase energy efficiency, promote competition, and provide greater accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Two of those grants will also fund construction of new air traffic control towers, the agency said.

The $1 billion in grants comes from the Airport Terminal Program, one of three aviation programs created by the IIJA, which provides $1 billion annually for five years for Airport Terminal grants.

A. Bradley Mims. Photo by the FAA.

“The work that goes in to build safer, more accessible and sustainable terminals will provide opportunities for people across the nation,” noted FAA Deputy Administrator A. Bradley Mims in a statement.

The FAA also recently issued $371 million for airfield, safety and other improvement projects at 169 airports in 40 states nationwide through the third round of funding via the 2022 Airport Improvement Program or AIP.

The agency said its AIP initiative funds a variety of projects such as construction of new and improved airport facilities, repairs to runways and taxiways, maintenance of airfield elements like lighting or signage, and the purchase of equipment needed to operate and maintain airports.

To date, the FAA said it has awarded a total of $1.5 billion of the $3.2 billion total funding available in fiscal year 2022.

editor@aashto.org

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