May 11 2007

Feds give Birmingham airport $2.4M

Birmingham Business Journal

by Cindy F. Crawford

The U.S. Department of Transportation has given the Birmingham International Airport $2.4 million to continue work on security elements.

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said the money was allotted to the city airport because security is key.

"We are constantly reminded that we need to continuously improve the safety of air travel," Shelby said in a statement. "It is critical that Birmingham International Airport have the necessary funding to allow travelers to be safe and secure both at the airport and in the air. We must continue to make every effort to increase safety measures to protect our travelers."

Airport officials plan to use the money on continued enhancements of the airport's perimeter fencing, creation of an emergency operations center and procurement and installation of an access control and alarm monitoring system, spokeswoman Toni Herrera-Bast said.

"We are very grateful to Sen. Shelby and the congressional delegate for their continued support of the Birmingham International Airport in our effort to provide safe and secure travel for our passengers," she said in a statement.