Elaine Chao: Florida Airports Getting $71.5 Million in FAA Grants

This week, U.S. Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao announced more than $71.5 million will be going to airports across the Sunshine State.

Chao announced that the Trump administration will send more than $1.2 billion to 405 airports across the nation. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants will be used for infrastructure and safety improvements.

“This $1.2 billion federal investment will improve our nation’s airport infrastructure, enhance safety, and strengthen growth in local communities, which is especially important as the economy recovers from COVID-19,” said Chao on Tuesday.

Most of the funds–more than $1 billion–will come from from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) while $152 million comes from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the $2.3 trillion stimulus package that the White House and Congress agreed to at the end of March.

The following funds will be heading to airports across Florida:

  • $800,700 for Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport to install runway incursion lighting.
  • $7,280,576 for Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to install lighting, rehabilitate a taxiway and install a visual guidance system.
  • $1,614,518 for North Perry Airport in Hollywood to extend the runway.
  • $4,958,363 for Key West International Airport for noise mitigation.
  • $5,554,235 for Lakeland Linder International Airport to improve a taxiway and rehabilitate taxiway lighting.
  • $5,214,381 to Leesburg International Airport to rehabilitate a runway and runway lighting.
  • $6,895,959 to Melbourne International Airport to improve the terminal building.
  • $8,411,277 to Miami Executive Airport to construct a taxiway.
  • $2,464,301 to Naples Municipal Airport to improve airport drainage and install perimeter fencing.
  • $10,941,888 to Orlando Sanford International Airport to rehabilitate a taxiway and taxiway lighting.
  • $970,768 to Witham Field in Stuart to install perimeter fencing and reconstruct the apron.
  • $6,032,375 to Tallahassee International Airport to rehabilitate the taxiway.
  • $4,261,666 to Tampa Executive Airport to rehabilitate the runway.
  • $2,747,720 to Valkaria Airport to widen the taxiway.
  • $3,334,955 to Vero Beach Regional Airport to rehabilitate the apron.


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