SARA awarded $495K grant from FAA

Published 8:09 pm Monday, June 24, 2019

Grant to provide improved lighting



South Alabama Regional Airport was awarded nearly a half a million dollars to help with rehabilitation of its runway lighting project.

The announcement from comes as part of $19.4 million in infrastructure grants to 19 airports in Alabama.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced that FAA would award $495 million in airport infrastructure grants, the first allotment of a total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding throughout the U.S.

SARA executive Director Jed Blackwell said this funds would be used to continue improvements at the airport’s runway and taxiway lighting system.

The project has been ongoing for sometime.

Blackwell said he was thankful for the funding to continue airport improvements.

Airport infrastructure in the United States, with 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways, supports our economic competitiveness and improves quality of life. According to the FAAs most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. Under Secretary Chaos leadership, the Department is delivering AIP investments for the American people, who depend on reliable infrastructure.

Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding each year based on activity levels and project needs.