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Press Release – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $11.7 Million in Infrastructure Grants to Alabama Airports

For Immediate Release

September 1, 2020

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Trump Administration will award more than $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories.

“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 U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. 

The Department is awarding federal grants to the following airports in the State of Alabama:

  • $656,477 for Auburn University Regional Airport to rehabilitate a runway.
  • $3,088,254 for Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport to purchase land and rehabilitate a runway and taxiway.
  • $6,135,367 for Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores to construct a contract tower.
  • $228,968 for Montgomery Regional Airport Dannelly Field to update the airport’s master plan.
  • $1,583,265 for Southwest Alabama Regional Airport in Thomasville to construct a new airport.

“The 434 AIP grants will fund critical airport infrastructure projects around the country,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.

Since January 2017, the Trump Administration delivered $13.5 billion to America’s airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the Administration delivered $10 billion in economic assistance to America’s airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

A complete listing of grants (PDF) and an interactive map of airports receiving funding is available on the FAA website.


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