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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Nearly $10M in Grants to Improve Four Airports in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $9.9 million from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to four airports in Alaska. U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will make this announcement as part of the administration’s Investing in America tour. Last summer, Buttigieg was in Alaska to hear firsthand about the state’s aviation needs.

The grants are part of nearly $1 billion in grants announced for 114 airports across the country, spanning 44 states and three territories. The investment will help meet the growing demand for air travel and makes timely investments in key areas.

“Under this administration, we are doing more to improve the travel experience than ever before, from expanding consumer protections to modernizing the physical infrastructure,” Buttigieg said. “These investments we’re announcing ... will make it easier for passengers to get to and through airports, create jobs, and increase safety for all.”

In Alaska, the five projects selected include:

  • $3.4 million to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for two projects: These projects will install a new passenger boarding bridge that will increase efficiency and lower electrical costs, as well as install 110 audio and visual monitors/stations in the terminal to meet and exceed ADA compliance.
  • Nearly $2.4 million to Fairbanks International Airport: This project will upgrade an aging passenger boarding bridge.
  • $2 million to Ketchikan International Airport: This project will expand the terminal for air taxi operations that will create a separate terminal for air taxi operations from the commercial operations and baggage claim entry and exits.
  • Nearly $2.2 million to Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Airport: This project will remodel 17,900 square feet of the existing terminal and expand the terminal by 23,680 square feet to add a passenger boarding bridge and expand the baggage claim area.
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