FAA Grants Another $66.2M For Airport Infrastructure Projects

Main Terminal at Great Falls International Airport, Montana, USA

Great Falls International Airport, Montana, is one of the hubs set to receive the FAA funding.

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The U.S. FAA has granted $66.2 million to 23 airports, another tranche of funding being provided to U.S. airports via the infrastructure law passed by Congress in 2021.

According to an FAA statement, nearly $9 billion has been made available so far to airports via the 2021 legislation. Airports use grants on “runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects,” the agency says.

The latest round of funding focuses on smaller markets, such as Amarillo, Texas. Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA) received $1.8 million for terminal upgrades.

AMA is served by Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines. One of its two runways is 13,502 ft. in length, one of the longest in the U.S.

Great Falls International Airport (GTF) in Montana was granted $1.3 million for terminal improvements. GTF is served by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant, Delta Air Lines and United.

Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN) in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, was given $1.6 million for tower rehabilitation. BQN is served by JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines.

“We are replacing and upgrading key infrastructure and equipment as quickly as possible to improve facilities for air passengers,” says Shannetta Griffin, FAA associate administrator for airports. “These investments keep us on track for seamless improvements that fliers will notice in the future.”

According to the FAA, the latest package of airport infrastructure grants involve a wide range of projects aimed at “improving drainage, replacing or purchasing equipment and building new terminals, towers, roads, taxi lanes and runway signage.”

Aaron Karp

Aaron Karp is a Contributing Editor to the Aviation Week Network.