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Brevard, Volusia Airports Receive FAA Improvement Grants

Aerial view of runway 7R, Daytona Beach International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Enrique Galeano Morales
Aerial view of runway 7R, Daytona Beach International Airport. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Enrique Galeano Morales

The Federal Aviation Authority awarded more than $300 million in grant money for airports across the country and more than $2 million went to central Florida airports.

The Daytona Beach International Airport and Space Coast Regional Airport will receive grants under the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program – aimed at helping airports pay for infrastructure projects like runways, taxiways, airport signage and lighting.

Dayton Beach International received about $2.3 million to help pay off the airport’s 1992 terminal construction. The airport started receiving money from the FAA to pay down the debt in 2000.

Space Coast Regional received around $71,000 dollars to upgrade lights at the end of the runway. "[The lights] are a navigational aid to provide visual ques to pilots in helping identify the end of the runway at night and/or during inclement weather," said airport CEO Michael Powell. "Safety and Security are of the utmost importance to the Titusville-Cocoa Airport Authority as we constantly work to improve our three airports’ facilities for our valued tenants and the traveling public."

Airports are entitled to a certain amount of FAA airport improvement funding each year, based on passenger volume. “U.S. airports are huge economic drivers,” said FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta. “[The Airport Improvement Program] allows us to continue to invest in the safety and modernization of our nation’s airports.”

Brendan Byrne is Central Florida Public Media's Assistant News Director, managing the day-to-day operations of the newsroom, editing daily news stories, and managing the organization's internship program.

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