The Lafayette Regional Airport will receive $5.46 million from the Federal Aviation administration for construction of a terminal building.
The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Wednesday, July 31. The money is a part of the $478 million in airport infrastructure grants and the fourth allotment of $3.18 billion in Airport Infrastructure Program funds going to airports across the country.
Four Louisiana airports will receive grants from the FAA:
- $7.16 million to Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport to improve the runway safety area.
- $82,188 to Homer Municipal Airport to improve the runway safety area.
- $5.46 million to Lafayette Regional Airport for terminal building construction.
- $1.8 million to Esler Regional Airport in Pineville for runway rehabilitation.
232 airports in 43 states, including American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico have been selected to receive funds for improvement projects. Those projects, according to the DOT include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, construction of firefighting facilities, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by these grants will enhance safety and capacity while promoting economic growth in the regions served by each airport, according to a 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.
The airport has received two other allotments from the FAA in the amounts of $10.5 million for taxiway improvements and $6.45 million for apron reconstruction