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Lafayette Airport to receive $6.45M in funding for improvements

Posted at 10:04 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 11:07:33-04

Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $6.45 million grant reconstruction to the apron area. The funding is coming from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“This significant investment in airport improvements Lafayette Regional 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.

In May, a $10.5 million grant was announced to make taxiway improvements.

A total of 432 grants in 47 states will fund infrastructure projects at 381 airports around the country. 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 increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity, and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region, according to an FAA release.

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: https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/grantapportion_data/.