Building Back – FAA First-Year Airport Funding $2.89B

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $2.89 billion made available by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that barely past with the usual Republican opposition last Now 3,075 airports around the nation will have money that can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects.

Many of these enhancements are crucial for automakers, suppliers and millions of workers as just in time delivery practices have collided with the non-vaccinated covid resurgence and the semiconductor shortage. The money will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The law provides $15 billion over five years. The FAA estimates the backlog of airport modernization and safety projects totals $43.6 billion. For an interactive map and listing of funding for individual airports, see www.faa.gov/bil/airport-infrastructure.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.”

According to the White House: This Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, expand access to clean drinking water, ensure every American has access to high-speed internet, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice, and invest in communities that have too often been left behind. The legislation will help ease inflationary pressures and strengthen supply chains by making long overdue improvements for our nation’s ports, airports, rail, and roads. It will drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably so that everyone gets ahead for decades to come. Combined with the President’s Build Back Framework, it will add on average 1.5 million jobs per year for the next 10 years.

Airports in 50 states and five territories are the recipients of this first round of funding. Some of the funding at airports include:

  • San Diego International, CA:                      $24.2M
  • Denver International, CO:                           $59.1M
  • Great Falls International, MT:                      $1.89M
  • Asheville Regional, NC:                              $4.3M
  • Yeager Airport, WV:                                     $2.1M
  • Unalaska Airport, AK:                                   $1 M
  • Luis Munoz Marin International, San Juan  $11.2M
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