Washington, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $586 million in airport infrastructure grants as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. This fifth increment of funding provides 217 grants to 181 airports in 39 states, and will fund 458 infrastructure projects. These include runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals, aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, snow removal equipment, and two firefighting training facilities.
U.S. infrastructure, especially its 3,323 airports and 5,000 paved runways, increases the country’s competitiveness and improves the traveling public’s quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs.
Airports receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.
A complete listing of grants (PDF) is available at https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data/media/FY18-AIP-Grants-Announced-2018-09-12.pdf.