FAA - Federal Aviation Administration

07/09/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/09/2019 09:21

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $31.2 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 10 Airports in California

July 9, 2019
Contact: Ian Gregor
Phone: (424) 405-7007 Email: [email protected]

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $477 million in airport infrastructure grants, the third allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.

'This significant investment in airport improvements in California will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,' said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The grants to airports in California include the following awards:

  • $14,625,000 to San Francisco International Airport for runway reconstruction.
  • $4,488,354 to San Diego International Airport for residential noise mitigation measures.
  • $3,780,000 to Buchanan Field Airport for runway and runway lighting improvements.
  • $3,545,959 to Metropolitan Oakland International Airport taxiway, apron and service road repairs. An apron is an area where aircraft park, load and unload passengers and cargo, or refuel.
  • $1,768,083 to Lake Tahoe Airport for apron reconstruction.
  • $1,392,300 to Marina Municipal Airport to extend a taxiway.
  • $600,000 to Gustine Airport to improve airport drainage.
  • $504,505 to Mammoth Yosemite Airport to install various navigation aids.
  • $291,397 to Livermore Municipal Airport for taxiway reconstruction.
  • $216,855 to Calaveras County-Maury Rasmussen Field for runway reconstruction.

There will be a total of 276 grants to 264 airports in 44 states, the Pacific Islands, and the District of Columbia. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports' safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport's region.

Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves 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. Under Secretary Chao's leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure.

Airports can 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.