U.S. Airports Awarded Near $1B Funding For Modernization Projects

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida, will receive the largest allocation of $50 million.
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Airports ranging from major hubs like Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles to smaller ones such as Mount Sterling in Kentucky and Williston in Florida are among the 114 recipients of federal funding from the U.S. government to modernize their infrastructure.

The $970 million grants package includes investment for new baggage systems, larger security checkpoints, increasing gate capacity, and modernizing terminal infrastructure and ground transportation. Nine grants will address the needs of aging air traffic control towers.

The funding for the projects comes from the Airport Terminal Program, one of three aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta R. Griffin says the money will help meet future passenger demand and create new jobs. Many of the plans securing investment are already under construction.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida will receive $50 million, the largest allocation. The investment will be used to fund a portion of the T1‐T2‐T3 Terminal Connector, which will complete post‐security connectivity between all terminals. The project consists of the construction of two connector walkways and modifications to the existing terminals including enhanced security checkpoints, a renovated bag hall, an expanded hold room, and additional retail space.

A further $40 million has been allocated to Chicago O’Hare International Airport to finance improvements to Terminal 3 that will include increasing the central passenger corridor width, a reconfigured TSA checkpoint, and updates to the baggage system.

Other major airports set to receive investment are Washington Dulles International Airport, which has secured $35 million to partially fund a 14-gate, 400,000-ft.² terminal that will have connections to the Aerotrain and Metrorail, and Minneapolis‐St. Paul International Airport, which has been awarded $20 million to fund two new gates and related infrastructure at the north end of Terminal 2.

Denver International Airport is getting $26.6 million in federal funds to help replace the current baggage handling system; Salt Lake City International Airport will receive $20 million to expand the Concourse B terminal, including 16 gates; and Los Angeles International Airport has been awarded $31 million to improve surrounding roadways.

At the smaller end of the scale, a $2.5 million award to Concord Municipal Airport in New Hampshire will fund construction of a new terminal building, while $3.5 million to Clovis Regional Airport in New Mexico will finance 35% of the design and construction costs of a new 26,000-ft.² terminal. Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport and Williston Municipal Airport have received $1 million and $500,000, respectively, to fund terminal-building projects.

David Casey

David Casey is Editor in Chief of Routes, the global route development community's trusted source for news and information.