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South Florida’s three major airports - Miami, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale awarded $84 million in federal aid, with FLL receiving more than any airport in the country

South Florida's primary airports, located in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Miami, and Palm Beach, are set to receive a significant boost with $84 million in federal aid from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as part of President Joe Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This funding, part of a larger $112.5 million package allocated to 10 Florida airports, aims to enhance airport infrastructure, supporting the modernization of terminals, expansion of concourses, and improvements in security and passenger amenities.

In Florida, the 11 projects selected include:

  • $50 million to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport: This award funds a portion of the Terminal Connector to connect all terminals post-security at the airport. This includes the construction of two connector walkways, enhanced security checkpoints, a renovated baggage claim hall, and an expanded hold room. 

  • $27 million to Miami International Airport for two projects: These projects fund a portion of the rehabilitation of the existing Automated People Mover and a portion of the design phase to modernize and redevelop the Central Terminal and Concourses E and F.

  • $8 million to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers: This investment funds a portion of the reconfiguration and expansion of the terminal access and curbside roadways. 

  • $7 million to Palm Beach International Airport: This project funds a portion of Phase 2 of the Concourse B Expansion and Rehabilitation Project. This phase will complete the expansion and modernization of the 13‐gate concourse. 

  • $1 million to Orlando Sanford International Airport: This project funds a portion of the rehabilitation of the West Terminal corridor, expanding the passenger waiting area and improving ADA accommodations. 

  • $10 million to Punta Gorda Airport: This project funds a portion of the terminal rehabilitation and expansion project, which includes renovating the security checkpoint and adding public circulation, hold-room, and space for restrooms. 

  • $6 million to St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport: This project funds the eligible portion of the terminal renovation and expansion project, which consists of adding two new gates, consolidating TSA checkpoints, expanding passenger hold-rooms, increasing baggage make‐up capacity, and adding escalators and elevators. 

  • $2 million to Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville: This project partially funds the construction of a new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT). 

  • $950,000 to Venice Municipal Airport: This project funds the eligible portion of a new aviation terminal building that will meet existing and future demand. 

  • $500,000 to Williston Municipal Airport: This project funds the eligible portion of a new aviation terminal building that will meet existing and future demand. 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is earmarked for $50 million to connect all terminals post-security, including the addition of connector walkways and upgraded security checkpoints. Miami International Airport will benefit from $27 million for the rehabilitation of its Automated People Mover and updates to central terminals and concourses. Meanwhile, Palm Beach International Airport is allocated $7 million for the expansion and modernization of Concourse B.

This initiative is part of a broader national effort under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, totaling nearly $1 billion in grants for 114 airports across 44 states and territories, aiming to meet the rising demand for air travel with investments that ensure safe, efficient, and enjoyable experiences for travelers. Secretary Pete Buttigieg emphasizes that these projects, which create jobs and increase safety, underscore the administration's commitment to improving travel infrastructure and passenger experiences. Additional Florida projects include enhancements to airports in Fort Myers, Orlando Sanford, Punta Gorda, St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Titusville, Venice, and Williston, reflecting the ongoing commitment to modernizing the nation's airport infrastructure and fostering economic growth and job creation in communities across the country.


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