Jun 30 2021

Shelby: FAA Grants Alabama $8.29 Million for Statewide Airport Infrastructure Upgrades

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that eight local airports throughout Alabama will benefit from more than $8.29 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 equipment and land acquisition. 


“I am proud our state is receiving $8.29 million in FAA grant funding to advance airport infrastructure throughout Alabama,” said Senator Shelby.  “These grants are important investments in the safety, security, and growth of our local airports, which contribute to the state’s overall economic success.  The improvements will support rural development and the quality of travel in Alabama.  I look forward to their implementation and lasting benefits.”


Each of the FAA grants is 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.


A total of eight grants were awarded to local airports in Alabama, amounting to $8,296,066 for the following airport projects:


  • Evergreen Regional Airport-Middleton Field, Evergreen, Alabama – $743,933 to rehabilitate a taxiway
  • H.L. (Sonny) Callahan Airport, Fairhope, Alabama – $150,000 to acquire land for development
  • Huntsville Executive Airport-Tom Sharp Jr. Field, Huntsville, Alabama – $1,786,598 to conduct an airport-related environmental study and rehabilitate a runway
  • Mobile Downtown Airport, Mobile, Alabama – $4,844,123 to rehabilitate an apron
  • Robbins Field Airport, Oneonta, Alabama – $85,469 to conduct an airport related environmental study and improve drainage and erosion control
  • Scottsboro Municipal Airport-Word Field, Scottsboro, Alabama – $94,906 to acquire land for development
  • Shelby County Airport, Alabaster, Alabama – $401,186 to construct, modify, improve, and rehabilitate a hangar
  • Wetumpka Municipal Airport, Wetumpka, Alabama – $189,851 to mark, light, and remove an obstruction and acquire easement for approaches