Three Missouri airports land $23 million in federal infrastructure grants

The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday announced $22.8 million in infrastructure grants to be dispersed to three Missouri airports. This is part of a larger $1.2 billion grant program to improve the safety and infrastructure of 405 airports nationwide.

Kansas City International Airport will receive $7.9 million, Joplin Regional Airport will receive about $7.9 million and St. Louis Lambert International Airport will receive about $7.1 million, according to an FAA release. Funding for all three airports will help with restoration or rehabilitation of taxiways.

The funding is part of a larger effort to improve safety at these airports, with funds allocated for purposes including the purchase of firefighting and aircraft rescue equipment, construction and repair of runways and taxiways, and installation of fencing, lighting and signage, according to the FAA.

The Airport Improvement Program contributed $1 billion in funding, while the CARES Act provided an additional $152 million to finance the grants. This follows a $10 billion funding program in April, through which 75 Missouri airports received a total of $152 million.

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