Jul 26 2019

Shelby Announces FAA Funding for Alabama Airports

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that six local airports in Alabama will receive a total of $14,344,107 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants.  The grants range from $10,426,057 for Huntsville International Airport to $59,290 for Florala Municipal Airport and are awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support airport infrastructure improvements.

“It is evident that the Department of Transportation is committed to investing in local airports across our state, and I am grateful for the Administration’s efforts to improve safety and efficiency at these airports,” said Senator Shelby.  “This $14.3 million in FAA grants will allow for infrastructure advancements that will benefit Alabama and promote our aviation industry for years to come.”

Huntsville International Airport in Huntsville, Alabama, is receiving $10,426,057 in grant funding to rehabilitate a runway and an apron, to reconstruct taxiway lighting and airfield guidance signs, and to rehabilitate and construct a taxiway.

Chilton County Airport in Clanton, Alabama, is receiving $1,905,492 in grant funding to extend the airport’s runway. 

Enterprise Municipal Airport in Enterprise, Alabama, is receiving $1,460,000 in grant funding for the construction of a taxiway and the reconstruction of an apron.

Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, Alabama, is receiving $403,470 in grant funding to rehabilitate lighting on an airport taxiway.

Lanett Municipal Airport in Lanett, Alabama, is receiving $89,798 in grant funding for an updated master plan study to determine the long-term development plans for the airport.

Florala Municipal Airport in Florala, Alabama, is receiving $59,290 in grant funding for an updated master plan study and the rehabilitation of an airport runway.

These 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 FAA and DOT funding legislation.  The funding distribution is based on both entitlement and discretionary awards.

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