The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it has awarded $6,427,744 in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding to Spokane International Airport in Washington. The airport will use the money to fund the first phase of construction on the terminal building expansion.
“Airports aren’t just travel hubs; they're engines of economic growth for communities and entire regions,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a news release. “Americans ought to have the best airports in the world—which is why we’re proud to deliver this historic funding to modernize airports across our country.”
This project expands the existing terminal building an additional 70,600 square feet to include three gates and related areas. This grant funds the first phase, which consists of construction of electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and fire protection.
“Airports are the country’s gateways to opportunity. These grants are a critical investment in our infrastructure and, just as important, our communities,” said Deputy FAA Administrator A. Bradley Mims, in the release.
The funding is from the Airport Infrastructure Grant (AIG) program, one of three aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law provides $15 billion over five years. Airports have until the end of fiscal year 2025 to use their AIG allocations.