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U.S airports to benefit from infrastructure grant

photo_camera Pete Buttigieg, U.S Department of Transport

A further $289m has been announced in addition to the $25bn already pledged by the U.S government to upgrade the nation’s aging airport infrastructure.

The money will go towards improvements such as terminal expansions, baggage system upgrades, runway safety enhancements, and air traffic infrastructure improvements.

“Americans are flying in record numbers, and the Biden-Harris Administration continues to invest in our airports to make travel safer and more convenient for the people who pass through these airports each day,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “This latest round of funding will support key improvements to terminals, runways, and baggage systems and build on the work this Administration is doing to modernise our aviation infrastructure.”

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In June, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened a record 2.99 million passengers in a single day at airports. TSA expects to screen more than 32 million individuals this Independence Day holiday travel season, which is a 5.4% increase over last year’s travel volumes.

Some of the airports receiving new funding include $66.7 million to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Arizona: This grant funds the site demolition and preparation for a new 2,100-foot taxiway to accommodate more flights, and $8.2 million to Hollywood Burbank Airport in California. This grant funds the third phase of construction for a new terminal building. This phase consists of construction of the foundation and waterproofing to meet design standards.

In addition to the airport grant announcement, the FAA has opened the application period for airports to submit projects for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Airport Terminal Program (ATP), also funded by the Infrastructure Law. The FY 2025 ATP provides approximately $1 billion in funding for safe, sustainable and accessible airport terminals, airport-owned airport traffic control towers, and on-airport rail and bus projects that improve multimodal connections.

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