FAA to shell out $527.8m in grants to airports

A Delta Air Lines Airbus 330-300. )Picture courtesy of Delta Air Lines)
A Delta Air Lines Airbus 330-300. )Picture courtesy of Delta Air Lines)

The US Department of Transportation has announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 gateways across the US as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

Among them are $60 million to Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The first grant will allow construction phase of Runway 9C/27C to begin. The runway is expected to be commissioned in 2020.

Huntsville International-Carl T. Jones Field Airport will get $5.5 million – which will fund the construction of a new parallel Taxiway C to enhance safety by reducing mid-field runway crossings by cargo aircraft.

Salt Lake City International Airport will receive $7.3 million – allowing the airport to renovate Runway 14/32 and the runway lighting associated with that runway.

Secretary Elaine L. Chao, says: “The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements.”

FAA administrator, Michael P. Huerta explains: “Investing in our airport infrastructure ensures the safe and efficient operation of our air transportation system. This funding program helps us maintain, renovate, and build airport infrastructure at airports.”