FAA’s airport infrastructure grants for 2017 expanded July 12 with an additional $185.1 million for 40 US airports, including $54.6 million in discretionary funding for 13 airports, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) said.

US airports are entitled to a certain amount of airport improvement program (AIP) grants every year, DOT said, based on passenger volume. Discretionary funds are provided as supplements if an airport’s capital project exceeds its entitlement.

FAA will announce additional AIP grants in coming weeks in an effort to allow construction crews to start work before the onset of winter, which comes early in late fall in some parts of the US (i.e., Alaska).

Grants are awarded to commercial-passenger (“primary”), commercial service and general aviation airports alike, as well as block grant programs to individual states for non-primary development projects.

Some of the larger grants awarded in this group of airports include:

  • Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Alaska: $17.1 million in combined AIP and discretionary funding to reconstruct Taxiway Yankee, plus $5 million in AIP funding to reconstruct taxiway lighting ($22.1 million total).
  • Des Moines International Airport (DSM), Iowa: $13.2 million in combined AIP and discretionary funding to repair runway 13/31.
  • Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), South Carolina:  $7.9 million in combined AIP and discretionary funding to repair the airport’s taxiway; and $1.8 million in AIP funding to improve the terminal building ($9.7 million total).
  • Gambell Airport (GAM), Alaska: $9.3 million in combined AIP and discretionary funding to repair runway 16/34, the taxiway, the apron and reconstruction of runway lighting. The public airport, located on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea, 202 miles southwest of Nome, Alaska, is served by regional airlines Bering Air and Ravn Alaska.
  • Dayton International Airport (DAY), Ohio: $8 million in AIP funding to repair runway 18/36 and to install runway distance-to-go signs.
  • Merrill Field Airport (MRI), Anchorage, Alaska: $7 million in discretionary funding to repair the general aviation airport’s taxiway and parking apron.
  • T. F. Green Airport (PVD), Providence, Rhode Island: $6.9 million in combined AIP and discretionary funding to extend runway 5/23.
  • Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), Cedar Rapids, Iowa: $6.6 million in AIP funding to improve the terminal building.
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), California: $6 million in AIP funding to repair runway 07L/25R.

Mark Nensel mark.nensel@penton.com