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
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.
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.
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
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
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.”
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.