Biden administration releases nearly $1B in grants for US airports

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced a significant investment of $970 million from President Biden’s Bipartisan Investing in America agenda to 114 airports across the United States.

This allocation, part of the Administration’s commitment to rebuilding infrastructure, aims to enhance passenger experience, accessibility, and sustainability while generating employment opportunities.

Distribution and Impact By The Biden Administration…

President Biden’s initiative seeks to lower costs for families, create jobs, and advance opportunities nationwide.

The investment addresses the growing demand for air travel and aims to modernize aging infrastructure, fostering economic growth and competitiveness.

The funding spans 44 states and three territories, indicating a broad, comprehensive approach to infrastructure development. This allocation not only holds the potential to improve air travel but also creates job opportunities, benefiting communities both large and small.

Projects funded by the investment include upgrades to baggage systems, security checkpoints, gate capacity, and terminal infrastructure.

These enhancements aim to streamline travel processes, increase safety, and improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

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Key Perspectives

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg highlights the administration’s commitment to improving the overall air travel experience and upgrading present infrastructure.

“Under this administration, we are doing more to improve the travel experience than ever before, from expanding consumer protections to modernizing the physical infrastructure,” said Buttigieg.

“These investments we’re announcing today, made possible by President Biden’s historic infrastructure package, will make it easier for passengers to get to and through airports, create jobs, and increase safety for all.”

FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, Shannetta R. Griffin, emphasizes the flow-on effect in terms of employment and the long-term benefits of the investment.

“Today’s funding not only helps modernize airports to meet the needs of travelers today and for years to come but also creates good-paying job opportunities in communities both large and small,” said Griffin.

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Previous Terminal Projects

The announcement builds upon previous investments, totaling nearly $2 billion for airport terminals over the past two years.

These ongoing projects contribute to the modernization and expansion of airport facilities, further enhancing the passenger experience.

Specific Grants and Improvements

Several airports across the country will receive funding for various projects aimed at improving passenger amenities and operational efficiency. Examples include:

  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport: Enhancements to Terminal 3, including widening the passenger corridor, reconfigured TSA checkpoints, and updated baggage systems.
  • Denver International Airport: Replacement of the baggage handling system to improve energy efficiency and capacity.
  • Kahului Airport: Construction of a new security screening checkpoint facility to enhance passenger flow.
  • Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport: Expansion of security screening lanes at Terminal A.
  • Spokane International Airport: Upgrades to ticket counters, passenger boarding bridges, and accessibility features.
  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport: Installation of audio and visual monitors for improved passenger communication.

A complete list of airports receiving funding can be found here.

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