The Federal Aviation Administration Thursday awarded more than $845 million in airport infrastructure grants nationwide, including almost $22 million to Los Angeles International Airport for noise mitigation measures.
Other Southland airports receiving funding included:
— $2.3 million to Fullerton Municipal in Fullerton to update the runway; and
— $1.1 million to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana to rehabilitate the taxiway.
“We don’t want to just build our airports back to the way things were before the pandemic,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We want our airports to be better than ever — accessible to all, delivering maximum benefit to their communities and helping directly and indirectly create jobs for millions of Americans.”
The projects will not have to pay the usual local match thanks to nearly $100 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding announced last week.
Historically, the Airport Improvement Program receives about $3.2 billion in funding each year. AIP projects promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure and security at the nation’s airports.
The FAA will award more than 1,500 grants this year for projects that will mitigate environmental impacts, increase accessibility and expand capacity at airports across the United States.
The funding will pay for projects at 388 airports in 49 states plus the District of Columbia.