US Transportation Secretary announces grant to Van Nuys Airport
The US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced an $18.4 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to reconstruct and repave the primary runway at Van Nuys Airport in California.
“This funding will help improve Van Nuys Airport’s infrastructure and will keep aircraft moving safely and efficiently through the airport,” LaHood said. “Investing in our nation’s airports promotes economic growth.”
The FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will pay for resurfacing of the entire 8,000 ft primary runway. Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 and take nine months to complete.
“Van Nuys is one of the country’s busiest general aviation airports and is a powerful economic engine for the Los Angeles region,” said Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. “This grant will ensure the airport will continue to operate safely and efficiently, providing quality service to its customers.”
Van Nuys had about 300,000 takeoffs and landings in 2011.
AIP provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining all aspects of airports in the United States.
The US Transporatation Secretary announced a number of other grants to airports in the United States, totalling some $90 million.