Houston Bush gets new runway as part of $111m AIP funds

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Texan airports will receive $110.9 million in FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds for upgrades and improvements, including a new runway for Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental airport.

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that 14 Texas airports would benefit from the award. The largest winner is Houston Bush Intercontinental, which will receive $18.4 million to construct a new runway.

Houston’s Ellington Field airport will receive $10.2 million to modernize its runway and apron. The DOT has allocated Austin-Bergstrom airport in Austin $5.9 million to acquire land for noise compatibility and relocate 45 residential units as well as an additional $875,000 to construct a taxiway and acquire an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle.

Other grants include $4.5 million to Fort Worth Alliance airport to extend the runways and acquire land for development and $4.5 million to Corpus Christi International to demolish and reconstruct a damaged portion of its terminal building.

Other regional airports are also slated to receive smaller AIP grants for improvements and upgrades. In addition, $41.9 million has been granted to the Texas state block grant program to improve smaller general aviation facilities across Texas.

“Protecting and improving our transportation infrastructure is of central importance to all Americans,” says transportation secretary Norman Mineta. “These grants will help Texas’ airports maintain the highest levels of safety, security and efficiency in the years ahead.”

The DOT last week announced a batch of similar funds for Alaskan airports. California has also been granted AIP funds this year, but the Texan awards are by far the largest announced so far.