Total of $898.9M in Airport Improvement Grants awarded
WASHINGTON. D.C.—The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $1.39-million grant to the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport as part of more than $898.9 million Fiscal Year 2021 Airport Improvement Grants announced last Friday.
The CNMI will receive $1,388,888 that will be used to fund infrastructure and safety projects. That makes the CNMI one of three U.S. territories awarded this funding; the others are the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico and Fitiuta in American Samoa.
The $898.9 million in total award includes $113.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding to award all grants at a 100% federal share.
“Investing in our nation’s infrastructure is how our country helped spark an aviation industry that now supports millions of jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “These Airport Improvement Program grants will help modernize America’s airports and ensure that our air transportation system remains the safest and most efficient in the world.”
Grant projects funded through the Airport Improvement Program promote safety, efficiency, environmental stewardship, infrastructure, and security at the nation’s airports. Today’s announcement includes 488 grants to 447 airports in 49 states and American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. Today also marks the 75th anniversary of the legislation that established federal investment in our nation’s airport infrastructure.
“These grants represent the legacy and vital role of airport infrastructure grant programs in helping the air transportation system operate safely,” said FAA administrator Steve Dickson. “Investing in our nation’s infrastructure through AIP grants is a cornerstone of our commitment to safety.”
The Airport Improvement Program receives approximately $3.2 billion in congressional funding each year. The FAA will award more than 1,500 grants this year. A complete listing of grants and an interactive map of airport recipients is maintained on the FAA website. (PR)