FAA Announces First-Year Airport Funding Amounts from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

By Mike Hainsey, Executive Director
Golden Triangle Regional Airport

Funds provided via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law may be invested in a range of airport projects, such as runway and terminal improvements.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $2.89 billion made available by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to 3,075 airports around the nation, including more than 60 airports in Mississippi. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminals, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. Specific allocations by airport can be found at www.faa.gov/bil/airport-infrastructure. According to the FAA, airports can submit proposals to the FAA for review in the coming weeks. The FAA encourages applicants to prioritize projects that increase airport safety, equity and sustainability. The agency also plans to conduct outreach to the minority business community about these opportunities at airports across the nation.

The Mississippi Airports Association has been very involved in working with Mississippi’s Congressional delegation to get this funding for the state’s airports.

“Members of the MAA worked diligently with the Congressional delegation to ensure the needs of airports of all sizes were met,” says GTR Executive Director Mike Hainsey. “This is why having all the airports in the state as members is important.”

The FAA has not released any guidelines for application for the grants, but the additional funding is projected to be available in the same amount each year of the five-year term on the program.