U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced today that the Department of Transportation will award $7.7 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to a dozen airports in the Magnolia State.
Out of the 12 airports selected to receive funding in Mississippi, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport will receive the largest grant.
The airports receiving Airport Improvement Program grants in Mississippi include:
- Panola County – $316,755 reconstruct the airport beacon and replace airport lighting vault
- Aberdeen–$629,452 construct and expand aircraft parking apron and rehabilitate a taxiway
- Stennis International – $256,050 to updated airport master plan
- Brookhaven-Lincoln County – $118,188 rehabilitate runway and lighting
- Columbus-Lowndes County – $347,405 rehabilitate aircraft parking apron
- Golden Triangle Regional – $1 million rehabilitate aircraft apron and install edge and flood lights, reconstruct runway lighting
- Gulfport-Biloxi International – $2,453,000 to fund airport drainage improvements, taxiway rehabilitation, purchase equipment acquisition and rehabilitate the terminal building
- Holly Springs-Marshall County–$384,128 to improve drainage and erosion control
- Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional – $660,029 to improve the terminal and install a Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI)
- New Albany-Union County–$213,543 to fund access road improvements
- University-Oxford— $238,500 to fund runway rehabilitation
- Tupelo Regional — $1,069,700 to update the airport master plan, seal taxiway pavement, rehabilitate a taxiway and reconstruct airfield guidance signs
The U.S. Department of Transportation says aviation is an important part of economic growth. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. civil aviation supports more than 5% of U.S. gross domestic product; $1.6 trillion in economic activity; and nearly 11 million jobs.
“America’s airports provide a gateway to the world for our citizens while at the same time delivering first impressions of the United States to visitors from abroad,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. “It’s in our national interest to make them the crown jewel in our transportation system. The Airport Improvement Program allows us to do just that.”
With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $11.42 billion in more than two thousand American airports across the United States for safety and infrastructure improvements since January 2017.