For Immediate Release

September 20, 2012
Contact: Kathleen Bergen
Phone: 404-305-5100

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a $13.6 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to construct a new terminal building at Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville, N.C.

“This funding will help improve Albert J. Ellis Airport’s infrastructure and will keep aircraft moving safely and efficiently through North Carolina,” Secretary LaHood said. “Making important investments in our aviation system promotes safety and economic growth in communities across the country.”

The FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will complete the funding requirement to build a new passenger terminal, augmenting the $11 million the FAA already has committed to the project. The current passenger terminal, originally constructed in 1971, needs replacing. The new terminal will enable the airport to accommodate new security equipment that was mandated after Sept. 11, 2001, and will enhance passenger flow and baggage handling capabilities for the growing number of military and civilian passengers who use the airport. Construction is expected to begin in December 2012 and take 18 months to complete.

“This grant provides both safety and efficiency benefits for Albert J. Ellis Airport,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “The new airport terminal will provide better passenger flow which will optimize the quality of service to its passengers.”

AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for airport improvement projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity, and environmental stewardship of our airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.