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Source : Freepik
April 12, 2023
Author : Alex Bustillos
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced over $1 billion in grants to assist aviation infrastructure. While airline airports and large-airport air traffic control facilities will receive most of the funds, general aviation, and smaller airports will also benefit. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Act allots $25 billion to reconstructing airports and air traffic control systems in the United States.
The funding will be used for airport upgrades like new baggage systems, increased terminal sustainability, improved accessibility of individuals, especially with disabilities, larger quicker security checkpoints, improved ground transportation, and re-construction of aging air traffic control towers.
Pete Buttigieg, the US Secretary of Transportation, "Americans deserve the best airports in the world, and with demand for air travel surging back, this funding to improve the passenger experience couldn't come at a more urgent time."
The 99 airport funds announced on February 27 join a list of 85 airports that received financing in 2022 under the Airport Terminal Program (ATP). For the next five years, ATP will distribute $1 billion in funding to big hubs (55%), medium hubs (15%), minor hubs (20%), and non-hubs or non-primary airports (10%).
This second set of grant recipients includes airports in two US territories and nearly every US state except Delaware, Rhode Island, and Wyoming.
Under the ATP grants, the US DOT and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) grants $243,825 for Oxford County Regional Airport and $50 million for Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
The priority projects on the list of ATP are:
Many grants contain an element that will improve airport access in smaller communities.
The priority small community aviation projects under this program include:
Deputy FAA Administrator Bradley Mims said, "Today's funding doesn't just improve airport terminals. It creates opportunities in communities large and small for good paying jobs and a chance to be part of our country's driving aviation sector."