The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than $608 million in the first round of 2022 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. The grants will go to 441 airports located in big cities, small towns, and everywhere in between across 46 states, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. This funding is in addition to the $20 billion the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law investment in U.S. airports.
“In communities of all sizes, airports are vital to regional economies, sustaining jobs and getting people and goods where they need to go,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “These Airport Improvement Program grants will help make airports better, safer, and more accessible, so they can better serve people in every community for decades to come.”
Examples of grants that will go to enhance safety at airports across the U.S. include $13.46 million for Minneapolis-St. Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain, MN, to extend and improve the safety area, add taxiway lighting, reconstruct the taxiway and apron, and replace the airport lighting vault.
General aviation airports will receive more than half of these first grants, with 272 grants in amounts ranging from $38,680 to more than $4.6 million. Grants to general aviation and community-serving airports include a $36,000 grant to Devils Lake Regional Airport and a $45,000 grant to Jamestown Regional Airport, both in North Dakota, to purchase aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles and safety equipment.
Other grant awards include $1 million for Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport in Gunnison, CO, to rehabilitate the existing terminal building restrooms, elevators, escalators, concession areas, security screening, and holding areas to meet current building codes and comply with ADA requirements.