FAA has announced the initial round of $677 million in airport infrastructure grants for 2018, part of a total $3.2 billion in airport improvement program (AIP) allotments set to be distributed this year.

US airports are entitled to a certain amount of AIP grants every year, based on passenger volume, activity levels and project needs. Discretionary funds are provided as supplements if an airport’s capital project exceeds its entitlement.

The first round of 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects including runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals, according to the US Department of Transportation (DOT).

“You have to invest in airport infrastructure,” DOT Secretary Elaine Chao said. “Airports are the backbone of aviation. These communities are going to reap greater safety, efficiency and economic dividends for years to come.”

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 in the first group of 2018 recipients include:

  • Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Florida: $402,511 in entitlements and $20 million in discretionary funding for the extension of runway 10R/28L ($20.4 million AIP grant total).
  • Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), Grand Rapids, Michigan: $5.7 million in entitlements and $13 million in discretionary funding for rehabilitation of the airport apron ($18.7 million AIP grant total).
  • Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Utah: $4.3 million in entitlements and $12 million in discretionary funding to rehabilitate the airport’s apron ($16.3 million AIP grant total).
  • Spokane International Airport (GEG), Washington: $7.9 million in entitlements and $8 million in discretionary funding to install airfield guidance signs, install runway/vertical visual guidance system on runway 07/25, rehabilitate taxiway and rehabilitate taxiway lighting ($16 million AIP grant total).
  • Napa County Airport (APC), California: $217,419 in entitlements and $15.7 million in discretionary funding for rehabilitation of runways 18L/36R and 18R/36L ($15.7 million AIP grant total).
  • McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS), Knoxville, Tennessee: $4.1 million in entitlements and $10.9 million in discretionary funding to rehabilitate runway 05L/23R ($15 million AIP grant total).
  • Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), Islip, New York: $5.8 million in entitlements and $8.5 million in discretionary funding to rehabilitate runway 06/24 ($14.3 million AIP grant total).
  • Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (CLT): $7.9 million in entitlements and $5.7 million in discretionary funding for rehabilitation of a taxiway ($13.6 million AIP grant total).

Mark Nensel mark.nensel@informa.com