Sun, 21 Jul 2019

<p>WASHINGTON DC - $779 million in Federal government funding is to be provided to upgrade infrastructure at 127 airports in all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation&rsquo;s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,&quot; U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao said Wednesday.</p><p><a href="https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/aip_supplemental_appropriation/media/AIP-Supplemental-Projects-Intent-Award-2019-05-15.pdf">Click here</a> to access the list of airports, inclusive of what work is to be undertaken in each case, and what amount of funding is to apply to each of the selected airport&#39;s enhancement.</p><p>The airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase their safety, capacity, and security.</p><p>This funding is in addition to the $3.31 billion awarded in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018, and $205 million awarded in the first tranche of supplemental AIP funding in September 2018.</p><p>Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by the funding is expected to increase the airports&rsquo; safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity - and could support further potential growth and development within each airport&rsquo;s region. The airports receiving the funding are serving smaller cities and towns in regional areas.</p><p>The Federal Aviation Administration&nbsp;(FAA) published a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/07/09/2018-14675/supplemental-guidance-on-the-airport-improvement-program-aip-for-fiscal-years-2018-2020">Federal Register notice</a>&nbsp;on July 9, 2018, explaining the evaluation criteria and submission process.&nbsp;After the FAA awarded $205 million to 37 airports in 34 states in September 2018, airports in October 2018 submitted additional funding requests for grant awards in fiscal years 2019 or 2020.</p><p>According to the FAA&rsquo;s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6&nbsp;trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.&nbsp;</p>

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