For Immediate Release
July 23, 2013
Contact: Marcia Alexander-Adams
The 2013 Military Airport Program (MAP) uses federal funds to convert former military airports to civilian use and supports joint-use airports. MAP funding, a set-aside of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), provides a boost to civilian aviation capacity by upgrading former military airports. The type of projects that compete for MAP funding include building or rehabilitating parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, cargo buildings and other airfield projects.
Under the fiscal year 2013 program, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected one airport to participate in the MAP, Jose Aponte de la Torre (RVR): Ceiba, PR.
Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport, Ceiba, PR, is a primary commercial service, non-hub airport that is being redesignated for five years. The redesignation will permit the construction of a fuel farm, rehabilitation of hangar facilities, utility improvements and other conversion projects. The airport selected this year has participated in the program before and remains committed to ensuring that critical airports projects are completed so their airport can operate effectively as a civilian facility.
A total of 15 airports may participate in the program at any one time, including three general aviation airports. Airports may be selected or reselected to receive financial assistance for up to five years.
Since 1990, the FAA has provided airport sponsors approximately $657.38 million for a variety of projects such as building or rehabilitating surface parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, cargo buildings and other airfield needs. Many of these projects are not normally eligible for AIP funding, but projects for MAP-designated airports have unique eligibility rules to convert the airports to civilian or joint use.
Airports Already Participating in the Program Include:
Kaleaeloa/John Rodgers Field, Kapolei, HI
Castle Airport, Atwater, CA
March Inland Port/March ARB, Riverside, CA
Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, FL
Waynesville/St. Robert Regional Airport at Forney Field, Waynesville, MO
Plattsburgh International, Plattsburgh, NY
Griffiss International Airport, Rome, NY
Brunswick Executive, Brunswick, ME
Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport, Wichita Falls, TX