$24m grant for Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport  

Louisville is the fourth busiest cargo airport in the world and second busiest in North America. (SDF)

The Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (IATA: SDF) has announced that it is set to receive $24,093,095 in grant funding to support airport infrastructure from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as part of the federal agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“This is great news for Louisville’s airport,” said Dan Mann, executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority. “As the fourth busiest cargo airport in the world and second in North America – it’s vital that we continuously improve our airfield to ensure it’s ready to meet the current and future needs for both our cargo and passenger airline partners.”

The airport said that the grant will help fund multiple projects including its reconstruction of Taxiway G, the pavement rehabilitation on both Parallel Runways and Taxiways B, D and E as well as improvements to airfield lighting and the lighting control system. It will all support on-going noise mitigation efforts for neighbouring residential properties and at a university campus.

“More Louisvillians work at the airport than anywhere else in the city, so ensuring that Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport continues to stay on the cutting edge of transportation and logistics is crucial to creating an economy that works for everyone in our community,” said local Congressman John Yarmuth. “With the travel sector hit hard by the economic freefall that’s resulted from the COVID pandemic, the nearly 70,000 families that rely on Louisville airport jobs are especially vulnerable. “That’s why we insisted that the CARES Act include funding to help airports recover more quickly and help drive our economic recovery. I am proud to have supported this legislation and these investments in our airport and its employees.”

Each year, the FAA awards a formulated amount of AIP entitlement grant funding to airports across the country based on activity levels and project needs. The grant announcement is part of more than $1.2 billion in AIP and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act grants awarded to 405 airports in 50 states and Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, Palau and the US Virgin Islands.