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United States Airports Receive FAA Funding For Winter Operations

With winter weather on its way for the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has distributed grants to help airports prepare for snow events as a key part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). These airport improvements reduce the risk of flight cancellations and keep air traffic moving.


FAA awards more than $76.2 million in grants

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The FAA has awarded over $76.2 million this year in grant dollars for snowplows, de-icing equipment, and new or upgraded buildings in which to store winter preparedness gear, to various airports across the United States. As FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, Shannetta Griffin, explained,

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We can’t let winter weather stop aircraft from safely landing and taking off. This funding will help keep airports operating this winter and get passengers and cargo to their work, families and vacations safely.

Anchorage, Alaska’s Ted Stevens International Airport wins a $3,152,552 grant

 An ice rainbow appears through ice fog at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on January 6, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska. These rare rainbows occur when the sun interacts with ice crystals suspended in the air.

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For Ted Stevens International Airport up in Alaska, having reliable snow removal equipment is vital. Alaska’s US Senator Ted Sullivan commented,

“Less than nine hours away from 95 percent of the industrialized world, the airport is of great strategic importance. I’m pleased to see these funds awarded to the airport and look forward to additional announcements on allotted airport infrastructure funds.”

The airport has also received other grants for reconstructing taxi lanes and rehabilitating an apron used by aircraft for parking.

Zaramie Lindseth, Airfield Maintenance Manager, said in International Airport Review that “With three runways in excess of 10,500ft, a web of 27 taxiways, and approximately 33 million square feet of airfield pavement” there is a snow plan that has snow removal equipment working during the storm.

Furthermore, Ted Stevens International Airport has never been closed due to a snow event – no small accomplishment for an airport at 61 degrees north latitude. When tested by “severe ice storms in late December” 2021, Lindseth explained that “The events were significant enough to shatter historical records in terms of deicing products used to keep ANC open and operational.”

Great Falls International Airport receives grants for a de-icing pad

Great Falls International Airport in Montana has needed a de-icing pad for an environmentally safe location to de-ice aircraft. According to The Points Guy, de-icing pads can capture de-icing fluid for recycling instead of the chemicals getting into the local watershed.

According to the Great Falls Tribune, Great Falls has received several rounds of funding because inflation has been eroding the original funding to provide this key service. The pads will also provide a safe space to de-ice aircraft away from ground traffic.

To US Senator Jon Tester,

“Montana is booming, and it’s critical that the Treasure State has up-to-date infrastructure to support our growing economy. This funding will allow our airports to expand operations and support the increasing demand for reliable, affordable flights in and out of Montana. Improved facilities will pave the way for more flights to the region, allowing Montana to stay connected and support good paying jobs here for years to come.”

Grantee table

From the FAA, here is a list of grantees who received financial aid to prepare for the 2022-2023 winter:

State City Name Airport Project description AIP Total
Alaska Adak Adak (Naval) Station/Mitchell Field Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $415,842
Anchorage Ted Stevens Anchorage International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $3,152,552
Atmautluak Atmautluak Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $470,156
Cold Bay Cold Bay Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,346,102
Deadhorse Deadhorse Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $816,006
Dillingham Dillingham Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $424,148
Fairbanks Fairbanks International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,671,431
Grayling Grayling Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $384,179
Homer Homer Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,268,505
Hooper Bay Hooper Bay Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $434,372
Huslia Huslia Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $384,179
Iliamna Iliamna Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $852,771
Kenai Kenai Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $125,625
Ketchikan Ketchikan International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $852,771
Kiana Bob Baker Memorial Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $384,179
Koliganek Koliganek Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $440,344
Koyukuk Koyukuk Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $384,179
Nightmute Nightmute Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $454,820
Perryville Perryville Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $474,262
Port Heiden Port Heiden Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $193,029
Sitka Sitka Rocky Gutierrez Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $450,152
Ugashik Ugashik Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $468,022
California Mammoth Lakes Mammoth Yosemite Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $936,625
Colorado Hayden Yampa Valley Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $578,099
Peyton Meadow Lake Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $155,000
Pueblo Pueblo Memorial Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $336,672
Connecticut New Haven Tweed/New Haven Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,046,112
Idaho Cascade Cascade Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $490,779
Hayden Lake Coeur D’Alene/Pappy Boyington Field Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $961,764
Paris Bear Lake County Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $426,857
Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $514,500
Twin Falls Joslin Field – Magic Valley Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $780,944
Illinois Moline Quad City International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,262,970
Indiana Richmond Richmond Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $290,412
Iowa Estherville Estherville Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $282,600
Sioux City Sioux Gateway/Brig General Bud Day Field Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $625,922
Kansas Dodge City Dodge City Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $559,657
Maine Rockland Knox County Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $531,900
Michigan Escanaba Delta County Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $852,514
Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $57,000
Grand Rapids Gerald R Ford International Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $654,786
Iron Mountain Ford Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $607,500
Minnesota Bemidji Bemidji Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $358,436
Brainerd Brainerd Lakes Regional Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $2,189,414
Duluth Duluth International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $686,790
Litchfield Litchfield Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $306,033
Marshall Southwest Minnesota Regional Marshall/Ryan Field Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $135,598
Rochester Rochester International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $829,700
Montana Great Falls Great Falls International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $633,982
Construct Deicing Pad with Associated Facilities $3,301,240
New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth International at Pease Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,103,174
New Jersey Atlantic City Atlantic City International Construct Deicing Containment Facility $9,776,486
New York Corning Corning-Painted Post Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $210,494
Elmira Elmira/Corning Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $988,861
Endicott Tri-Cities Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $233,006
Hudson Columbia County Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $32,741
Jamestown Chautauqua County/Jamestown Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $311,228
Massena Massena International-Richards Field Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $104,500
Ogdensburg Ogdensburg International Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $423,700
Penn Yan Penn Yan Acquire Aircraft Deicing Equipment $267,597
Saranac Lake Adirondack Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $641,012
Watertown Watertown International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $396,540
White Plains Westchester County Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $613,696
North Dakota Dickinson Dickinson – Theodore Roosevelt Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,374,000
Minot Minot International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $759,150
Mohall Mohall Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $201,925
Rugby Rugby Municipal Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $74,300
Watford City Watford City Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $300,000
Williston Williston Basin International Airport Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $360,000
Construct Deicing Pad with Associated Facilities $277,777
Ohio Bowling Green Wood County Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $92,538
Columbus Rickenbacker International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $3,667,964
Mount Gilead Morrow County Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $92,565
Oklahoma Stillwater Stillwater Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $633,996
Tulsa Tulsa International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $657,111
Oregon Eugene Mahlon Sweet Field Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,000,000
Pennsylvania Altoona Altoona-Blair County Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $404,474
South Dakota Canton Canton Municipal Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $317,000
Rapid City Rapid City Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $839,000
Texas Amarillo Rick Husband Amarillo International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $1,365,187
Utah Moab Canyonlands Regional Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $849,420
Virginia Charlottesville Charlottesville-Albemarle Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $644,040
Washington Bellingham Bellingham International Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $2,694,567
Seattle Boeing Field/King County International Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $2,350,167
West Virginia Lewisburg Greenbrier Valley Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $4,569,500
Parkersburg Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $550,024
Wyoming Afton Afton Municipal Acquire Snow Removal Equipment $201,601
Kemmerer Kemmerer Municipal Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $341,145
Laramie Laramie Regional Construct/Rehabilitate/Modify/Expand Snow Removal Equipment Building $242,880

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Sources: FAA Winter Weather AIP Grants in Fiscal Year 2022, Great Falls Tribune, International Airport Review, The Points Guy

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