WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that five local airports throughout Alabama will benefit from more than $4.3 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants. The funding was awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for various airport improvements to support infrastructure construction, safety advances, and land acquisition.
“I am proud Alabama is receiving $4.3 million in federal funding to enhance the development of our airport infrastructure,” said Senator Shelby. “These five grants are important investments in the safety, efficiency, and expansion of large and small airports around our state. Further, local communities will be directly impacted by these advancements, which will help improve the quality of life for residents, increase tourism, and drive development.”
Each of these FAA grants are administered through the Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which was funded in the FY21 annual appropriations package that was signed into law in December.
The 5 grants were awarded to local airports in Alabama, amounting to $4,300,365 for the following airport projects:
- Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile, Alabama – $1,330,515 to construct, extend, and improve safety areas
- Montgomery Regional Airport-Dannelly Field, Montgomery, Alabama – $1,171,544 to rehabilitate an apron
- Bill Pugh Field Airport, Russellville, Alabama – $1,066,541 to rehabilitate a runway and runway lighting
- Monroe County Aeroplex Airport, Monroeville, Alabama – $385,146 to acquire land for development
- Bessemer Airport, Bessemer, Alabama – $346,619 to rehabilitate a taxiway and taxiway lighting