Honolulu Airport Receives Competitive $10 Million Federal Infrastructure Act Grant

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Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. Photo credit: Wendy Osher.

The Federal Aviation Administration will award $10 million in competitive grants — drawn from the historic $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure program — at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

This funding is in addition to the $49.2 million granted in December to the Department of Transportation/Hawaii Airports under the infrastructure program.

“As Hawai’i emerges from the pandemic and our tourism industry recovers, federal funding for our airports will improve the customer experience, move goods through the economy more efficiently to lower prices, and strengthen competitiveness. of the United States,” said U.S. Representative Ed Case of Hawaii.

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Competitive grants are awarded based on merit; while formula funds are distributed automatically, according to specific criteria.

“Americans deserve modern airports that meet the needs of their families and growing passenger demand,” said US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Funded by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, today’s grants will improve our airport terminals while creating good jobs in communities across the country.”

The $10 million awarded to Honolulu Airport (HNL) will help fund the reconstruction of the 1970s terminal pavement which includes approximately 142,000 square feet of pavement. It will also be used for the drainage and lighting of the Ewa and Diamond Head halls.

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Today’s grant is from the Airport Terminal Program, one of three aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package (BIP). The law provides $1 billion a year for five years for airport terminal subsidies.

“This is just the latest of many tangible benefits to Hawai’i from the BIP, the largest federal reinvestment ever in our backbone infrastructure across the country,” Rep. Case said.

The BIP will over time provide approximately $3 billion to the State of Hawaii for roads and bridges, water infrastructure, climate resilience projects, broadband access and other infrastructure-related projects .

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