FAA will award $335.3 million in airport infrastructure grants to a total of 237 US airports beginning in July, including $32.5 million in discretionary spending to five airports, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said July 6.

US airports are entitled to a certain amount of airport improvement program (AIP) grants every year, DOT said, based on passenger volume. Discretionary funds are provided as supplements if an airport’s capital project exceeds its entitlement.

“US airports are huge economic drivers,” FAA administrator Michael Huerta said. “AIP allows us to continue to invest in the safety and modernization of our nation’s airports.”

AIP grants will be issued by to airports “in time to take advantage of the spring and summer construction season,” DOT said. “The grants will ensure the projects at these airports are either under construction or completed prior to the onset of the winter season, which comes early in late fall in some parts of the country.”

Grants are awarded to commercial-passenger (“primary”) and general aviation airports alike, as well as block grant programs to individual states for non-primary development projects.

Some of the larger grants awarded this year include:

  • Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), North Carolina: $14.6 million in AIP grants for the rehabilitation of runway 18R/36L, taxiway rehabilitation, and runway safety area improvements
  • Orange County Airport (MGJ), Montgomery, New York: $14.6 million in discretionary grant funding to realign an existing runway, a parallel taxiway and connector taxiways. MGJ is a general aviation airport approximately 60 miles from New York City that serves corporate business jets and local general aviation.
  • El Paso International Airport (ELP), Texas: $11.6 million in AIP grants to reconstruct runway 04/22.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX): $11 million in discretionary funds to construct Taxiway T, which will connect the north and south runway complexes, and to construct the east and west aircraft parking aprons at the Tom Bradley International Terminal building.
  • Eugene Airport (EUG), Oregon: $5.6 million in AIP funds to rehabilitate a taxiway.
  • Boston Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts: $5.5 million in AIP funds for the rehabilitation of runway 04R/22L.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP), Pennsylvania: $5.4 million in combined AIP and discretionary funding to rehabilitate the airport’s B and D taxiways, plus drainage improvements, signage, grading, and lighting; and $600,000 in AIP funding to rehabilitate taxiway lighting ($6 million total).

Mark Nensel mark.nensel@penton.com