Jul 02 2019

Shelby: Alabama Airports Receive $9.7 Million in FAA Grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that 19 local airports throughout Alabama will benefit from more than $9.7 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants – which range from $1.35 million for Mobile Downtown Airport to $109,691 for St. Clair County Airport.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the funding for various airport expansions in order to support infrastructure construction, safety improvements, and equipment acquisition. 

“This $9.7 million in funding awarded by the Department of Transportation will significantly aid in the development of local airports across the state of Alabama,” said Senator Shelby. “Investing in local communities and supporting growth and improvements will further contribute to our state’s economic vitality.  I am grateful to Secretary Chao for awarding these FAA grants, which will help strengthen Alabama’s aviation infrastructure for years to come.”

The FAA grants are funded through the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and federal appropriations.  Senator Shelby is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, which authors and advances the FAA and DOT funding legislation.  The funding distribution is based on both entitlement and discretionary awards.

The 20 FAA grants, totaling $9,687,820, will support the following airport projects in Alabama: