August 1, 2018

Bradley Airport scores $13.2M infrastructure grant

Rendering | Contributed
Rendering | Contributed
Rendering of planned $220 million rental car/ground transportation facility at Bradley Airport, which will have 830 parking spaces and all rental car facilities in one place.

Bradley International Airport will receive a $13.2 million federal aviation grant for taxiway enhancements, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award Bradley the grant, part of a $3.18 billion funding package for airport improvements at runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals across the country.

The FAA says airports in all 50 states and five U.S. territories receive annual funding based on activity levels and infrastructure needs.

"This grant is a down payment to ensure Bradley International Airport remains an economic engine as demand grows," U.S Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.

Bangor International Airport in Maine, receiving $6.4 million under the grant, is the only other New England airport to receive a chunk of the federal funds. Other grants will support airports in Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska, Virginia and Canada, among others.

The funding comes after Bradley officials unveiled a $1.4 billion master plan that would allow the airport to serve millions of additional passengers.

It represents Connecticut Airport Authority's first master plan since it took over Bradley operations from the state Department of Transportation in 2013.

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