Las Vegas airport receives $ 17 million grant for improvements
McCarran International Airport, the eighth busiest in the country, has received a financial boost of $ 17 million from the federal government for improvements.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao last week announced nearly $ 800 million in infrastructure funding for U.S. airports, with funds going to McCarran for ramp expansion and reconstruction.
The money given to McCarran will be used for two projects. The first involves repairing the surface of an aircraft parking lot near the former Terminal 2 site. The second calls for improvements to a nearby gate where surface vehicles – such as delivery trucks or ambulances – are inspected when entering and exiting the airfield from the street, airport spokesman Chris Jones said.
The grant total includes $ 689 million from the airport improvement program and $ 104.4 million from the CARES Act grants. The money is in addition to the $ 10 billion in grants given to help airports stay operational during the coronavirus pandemic.
“These 383 grants will allow airport sponsors to start or complete construction projects that will maintain the safety and efficiency of our national airport system,” said Stephen M. Dickson, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, in a statement.