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US Government invests in Airports

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today that the Department of Transportation will award $13 million in airport infrastructure grants to three airports in the state of Louisiana. With this announcement, the Trump Administration has invested a historic $10.8 billion in more than two thousand American airports across the United States for safety and infrastructure improvements since January 2017.


Tampa is one of the airports to benefit from government investment

(United States Geological Survey)



Secretary Chao said that the following airports in Louisiana will receive $13 million of Airport Improvement Program grants:

  • Lafayette Regional/Paul Fornet Field $5.5 million to build a terminal building.

  • Leesville $548,000 to improve a runway safety area.

  • Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport $7 million to extend a taxiway.

Secretary Chao earlier announced the following airports are among the 108 airports receiving Airport Improvement Program grants:

  • San Jose International Airport will be awarded $10 million for an aircraft rescue and firefighting building

  • Tampa International Airport will be awarded $6 million to improve its terminal building

  • Indianapolis International Airport will be awarded $4.25 million to rehabilitate a runway

  • Gerald R. Ford International in Grand Rapids, Michigan will be awarded $5 million to rehabilitate its terminal building

  • Asheville Regional Airport will be awarded $10 million to rehabilitate its terminal

  • Cleveland International Airport will be awarded $4.25 million to rehabilitate a runway