FAA support to airports in US territories, FAS lauded
Airport Improvement Program funds exceed $54 million for fiscal year 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of the Interior applauds U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao and the Federal Aviation Administration for providing $54,859,950 in fiscal year 2020 funding under the Airport Improvement Program to bolster airport safety, security, and infrastructure at airports in the U.S. territories and the freely associated states.
The funding provided for the insular areas is included in announcements made by the Trump Administration that the FAA is awarding more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants to airports in all 50 states, the territories and the freely associated states.
“Interior applauds FAA’s support for the airports in the insular areas,” said Interior Assistant Secretary, Insular and International Affairs, Douglas W. Domenech. “The Trump Administration understands that safe and secure airport facilities are vital not only for the physical safety of passengers and security readiness, but also for facilitating economic development in our territories as well as in the freely associated states.”
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine E. Chao made several announcements this year regarding regular and supplemental funding made available under the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program for fiscal year 2020 that amounts to $32,710,507 for the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the CNMI, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and $22,149,443 to the freely associated states, which are the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau.
This announcement regarding AIP funding is in addition to $85 million provided by the FAA in CARES Act funding and nearly $9 million provided by the Federal Transit Administration in 2020 to the insular areas.
For a map showing the airports that are supported by FAA’s AIP funds, visit the FAA website at: https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/2020_aip_grants/map/. For complete information on the AIP program and related funding announcements from the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2020, visit https://www.faa.gov/airports/aip/2020_aip_grants/. (PR)