PALM SPRINGS — Palm Springs International Airport has received a $5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for safety and infrastructure projects.

PSP is among 347 airports in 46 states and four territories to receive a slice of the $800 million in federal funds meant to strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide economic benefits for local communities, the FAA announced this week.

Grants can be used for a variety of needs and projects such as terminal building improvements, purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, installing lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies, and installing airport perimeter fencing.

“This is extremely good news for Palm Springs International Airport and the Coachella Valley. The financial impacts from COVID-19 have been devastating to the city and Airport budgets and we will put these funds to good use as we continue improvements at PSP,” City Manager David H. Ready said in a prepared statement.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced this week that the Trump Administration will award nearly $800 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants through the FAA to 46 states, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Marshall Islands.

“This nearly $800 million Federal investment in airport infrastructure will strengthen safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide many economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

complete listing of grants (PDF) and an interactive map of airports receiving funding is available on the FAA website.

The total includes $689 million from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and $104.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants to equal a 100 percent Federal share.

“These 383 grants will allow airport sponsors to either begin or complete construction projects that will maintain the safety and efficiency of our national airport system,” said FAA Administrator Stephen M. Dickson.

These grants will be used for a variety of critical infrastructure and safety projects. Some of the projects include purchasing aircraft rescue and firefighting equipment, constructing runways and taxiways, repairing runways and taxiways, installing aircraft lighting and signage, conducting airport master plan studies, and installing airport perimeter fencing.

 

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