FAA grants to benefit Mississippi airports

Mississippi airports will receive $20.3 million in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) announced last week. 

The Airport Improvement Program grants are intended for airport infrastructure improvements.

“Airport infrastructure directly impacts Mississippians’ quality of life, passenger safety, and the economic competitiveness of our communities,” Wicker said. “These grants — benefiting airports across the state — will support critical projects that promise to bring about long-term rewards for residents and local businesses.”

The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was awarded $13.8 million for runway work. Nearly $4.6 million was awarded to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, with $3.42 million allocated for noise abatement and more than $1.17 million for intrastructure projects. Smaller amounts were awarded to 17 other Mississippi airports.

The FAA reform bill, signed by President Obama on July 15, expanded the Airport Improvement Program. The bill added $3.35 billion to the improvement program. The funds came from the Airport and Airway Trust Funds.

“These grants are important investments in the safety, security and efficiency of local airports in Mississippi,” Cochran said.  “This funding will support projects that should help the development of Mississippi businesses and communities.”