Georgia to receive millions for airport upgrades

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(The Center Square) — Georgia is poised to receive $120 million for airport infrastructure upgrades across the state as part of the fiscal 2024 Airport Infrastructure Grant program, a federal lawmaker from Georgia said.

The money was included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which some call the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

“Georgia’s airports are a key driver of job creation and economic competitiveness,” U.S. Sen. Jon Ossoff, D-Georgia, said in a statement.

According to FAA numbers, the feds initially made more than $123.2 million available in fiscal 2022 and nearly the same amount in fiscal 2023 to the Peach State. In fiscal 2024, the state is slated to receive nearly $120.5 million.

Under the fiscal 2024 grants, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will receive more than $88.8 million. The feds are sending the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport more than $5.9 and Augusta Regional Airport more than $2.6 million.

Federal taxpayers sent Hartsfield-Jackson more than $90.9 million in fiscal 2022, slightly less than the $92.5 million initially available. In fiscal 2023, the FAA made $92.2 million available for the world’s busiest airport, but FAA numbers indicate that the agency did not announce any awards for Hartsfield-Jackson under the program.

Airports can generally use the money to upgrade runways and taxiways, improve airport safety, improve airport transit connections and undertake roadway projects.

“ATL is grateful to receive this funding that will be applied to our multi-billion dollar ATLnext project list,” a Hartsfield-Jackson spokesperson told The Center Square in an email. “The AIG FY24 funds will be applied to the domestic terminal power distribution replacement project, the central passenger terminal restroom Phase I upgrade, and upgrades to the central preconditioned air project on concourse A, B, E, and T.”

According to the FAA, fiscal 2024 marks the third consecutive year the agency has doled out nearly $2.9 billion to airports nationwide. The agency said nearly $9 billion has been allocated under the grant program.

Georgia Airport Grants

CityAirportFunding
AdelCook County$144,000
AlbanySouthwest Georgia Regional$1,120,435
AlmaBacon County$113,000
AmericusJimmy Carter Regional$144,000
AshburnTurner County$113,000
AthensAthens/Ben Epps$294,000
AtlantaAtlanta Regional Falcon Field$294,000
AtlantaAtlanta Speedway$294,000
AtlantaCobb County International/McCollum Field$851,000
AtlantaCovington Municipal$144,000
CityAirportFunding
AtlantaDekalb-Peachtree$851,000
AtlantaFulton County Exec/Charlie Brown Field$851,000
AtlantaHartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International$88,824,656
AtlantaNewnan Coweta County$294,000
AtlantaPaulding Northwest Atlanta$294,000
AugustaAugusta Regional at Bush Field$2,682,631
AugustaDaniel Field$294,000
BainbridgeDecatur County Industrial Air Park$144,000
BaxleyBaxley Municipal$144,000
BlairsvilleBlairsville$144,000
CityAirportFunding
BlakelyEarly County$144,000
BrunswickBrunswick Golden Isles$1,023,437
ButlerButler Municipal$144,000
CairoCairo-Grady County$113,000
CalhounTom B David Field$144,000
CamillaCamilla-Mitchell County$144,000
CanonFranklin-Hart$144,000
CantonCherokee County Regional$294,000
CarrolltonWest Georgia Regional – O. V. Gray Field$294,000
CartersvilleCartersville$294,000
CedartownPolk County/Cornelius Moore Field$144,000
ClaxtonClaxton-Evans County$144,000
CochranCochran$144,000
ColumbusColumbus$1,195,165
CordeleCrisp County-Cordele$113,000
CorneliaHabersham County$144,000
DaltonDalton Municipal$294,000
DawsonDawson Municipal$144,000
DonalsonvilleDonalsonville Municipal$144,000
DouglasDouglas Municipal$144,000
DublinW. H. ‘Bud’ Barron$144,000
EastmanHeart of Georgia Regional$144,000
ElbertonElbert County-Patz Field$144,000
EllijayGilmer County$144,000
FitzgeraldFitzgerald Municipal$144,000
Fort Stewart (Hinesville)Wright AAF (Fort Stewart)/Midcoast Regional$144,000
GainesvilleLee Gilmer Memorial$294,000
GreensboroGreene County Regional$144,000
GriffinGriffin-Spalding County$144,000
HazlehurstHazlehurst$144,000
JasperPickens County$144,000
JeffersonJackson County$144,000
JesupJesup-Wayne County$113,000
LaFayetteBarwick-LaFayette$144,000
LaGrangeLaGrange/Callaway$294,000
LawrencevilleGwinnett County/Briscoe Field$851,000
LouisvilleLouisville Municipal$113,000
MaconMacon Downtown$144,000
MaconMiddle Georgia Regional$1,010,147
MadisonMadison Municipal$144,000
McRaeTelfair-Wheeler$113,000
MetterJohn Edwin Jones Sr. Field/Metter Municipal$144,000
MilledgevilleBaldwin County Regional$294,000
MillenMillen$113,000
MonroeCy Nunnally Memorial$144,000
MontezumaDr C P Savage Sr$113,000
MoultrieMoultrie Municipal$294,000
NashvilleBerrien County$113,000
PerryPerry-Houston County$144,000
Pine MountainHarris County$144,000
QuitmanQuitman Brooks County$113,000
ReidsvilleSwinton Smith Field at Reidsville Municipal$113,000
RomeRichard B Russell Regional – J. H. Towers Field$294,000
SandersvilleKaolin Field$144,000
SavannahSavannah/Hilton Head International$5,933,625
St. Simons IslandSt. Simons Island$294,000
StatesboroStatesboro-Bulloch County$294,000
SwainsboroEast Georgia Regional$144,000
SylvaniaPlantation Airpark$144,000
ThomastonThomaston-Upson County$144,000
ThomasvilleThomasville Regional$294,000
ThomsonThomson-McDuffie County$294,000
TiftonHenry Tift Myers$294,000
ToccoaToccoa – R. G. LeTourneau Field$144,000
ValdostaValdosta Regional$1,026,263
VidaliaVidalia Regional$144,000
Warm SpringsRoosevelt Memorial$144,000
WashingtonWashington/Wilkes County$144,000
WaycrossWaycross-Ware County$294,000
WaynesboroBurke County

Winder Barrow County $294,000

By T.A. DeFeo | The Center Square contributor

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