Aug 30 2022

Shelby Announces $17.8 Million for Local Airport Improvements

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that nine local airports in Alabama will receive approximately $17.8 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funding.  Awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the grants are designated for various improvements and advances to local airport infrastructure and administered through the fiscal year 2022 Airport Improvement Program, which was funded in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022.


“Alabama’s local and regional airports play a significant role in our state’s economy, and I am proud that FAA sees the value in supporting them.  These improvements will go a long way toward increasing travel to and from Alabama and the overall safety of these airports,” said Senator Shelby.  “This investment stands to benefit several communities in Alabama, and I look forward to witnessing the growth and success of each of them.”


The 10 FAA grants were awarded to nine local airports in Alabama, amounting to $17,818,450 for the following airport projects:


  • Mobile International Airport, Mobile, Alabama – $6,762,732 to reconstruct an apron
  • Tuscaloosa National Airport, Tuscaloosa, Alabama – $4,213,116 to reconstruct an apron
  • Auburn University Regional Airport, Auburn, Alabama – $2,533,041 to construct, extend, and improve a safety area
  • Prattville Airport-Grouby Field, Prattville, Alabama – $1,425,182 to reconstruct an apron
  • Mobile International Airport, Mobile, Alabama – $940,000 to improve airport drainage and erosion control
  • Isbell Field Airport, Fort Payne, Alabama – $829,227 to reconstruct a taxilane
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham, Alabama – $456,716 to rehabilitate an apron
  • Chilton County Airport, Clanton, Alabama – $261,736 to extend a runway
  • Abbeville Municipal Airport, Abbeville, Alabama – $236,700 to extend a runway
  • Enterprise Municipal Airport, Enterprise, Alabama – $160,000 to extend a runway