VTrans photo of Franklin County State Airport in Swanton, which received a $608,000 grant from the FAA.
Vermont Business Magazine US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L Chao announced June 24 that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the second allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. Morrisville-Stowe State Airport, Northeast Kingdom International and the Franklin County State Airport were the beneficiaries of nearly $1 million in the FAA grants.
“This significant investment in airport improvements in Vermont will fund construction and rehabilitation projects that will help maintain high levels of safety in U.S. aviation,” said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
Grant awards include:
Morrisville-Stowe State Airport in Morrisville, VT, $54,000 – grant funds will be used to acquire easement for approaches.
Northeast Kingdom International Airport in Newport, VT, $297,000 – grant funds will be used to acquire easement for approaches.
Franklin County State Airport in Swanton, VT, $608,000 – grant funds will be used to install perimeter fencing.
A total of 358 grants to 327 airports around the country in 46 states and the Pacific Islands. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region.
Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under Secretary Chao’s leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure.
Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs. If their capital project needs exceed their available entitlement funds, the FAA can supplement their entitlements with discretionary funding.
Click on the link below for a complete listing of grants: www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data/
Source: WASHINGTON – FAA 7.9.2019