DFW Airport awarded $40 million from FAA for infrastructure updates

D/FW Airport runway

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport four grants totaling $40 million for airfield, taxiway, apron and emissions improvements.

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports. For large hub airports such as DFW, the grants could cover up to 75 percent of eligible costs for the specific projects awarded.

“As our facility approaches its 44th year of operation, we are focusing more on the infrastructure needs of DFW Airport. Grants such as these from the FAA are critical for keeping our airport operating at a level of excellence for our customers and airline partners,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer at DFW Airport.

The largest single grant in the FAA package totals $20 million and will fund a project to construct and expand the aircraft apron south of Terminal D.

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Another grant worth $9 million will contribute to the ongoing project to rehabilitate Runway 18R/36L, which is one of DFW’s primary arrival runways on the west side of the airfield.

A third grant of about $8 million will go to strengthen Taxiway Y, which will allow larger scale aircraft to cross between the west side of the airfield and the east.

Finally, an additional $3 million grant will fund the last phase to equip Terminal B with new and environmentally friendly pre-conditioned air units used to cool jet boarding bridges, and the electrical infrastructure needed to operate those units. That grant comes from the Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) program of the AIP.

DFW Airport, which sees more than 65 million customers per year, also is renovating its four original terminal buildings through a $2.7 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program.