Shreveport Regional Airport will receive funding for security enhancements as well as a noise compatibility study and taxiway work. (Shreveport Regional Airport)

Over $1 Billion in Airport Grants to Fund Safety, Security and Construction

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao has announced that the Trump Administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” said Chao. 

The total includes over $1 billion from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $152 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 percent federal share.

The grants will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects. The projects include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies and installing airport perimeter fencing.

So far in 2020, the Administration has delivered $10 billion in economic assistance to America’s airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

See the complete list of grants at the FAA

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