Congresswoman Scanlon Announces Philadelphia International Airport to Receive Over $30 Million From New Infrastructure Law
Washington, December 17, 2021
Philadelphia, PA – Today, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) announced that $30,721,947 in new federal funding under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is headed to Pennsylvania to make much-needed improvements to Philadelphia International Airport. The money will come from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the bipartisan infrastructure law. A total of $2.89 billion will be made available to 3,075 airports around the nation through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“Philadelphia International Airport is an economic engine for our area, and PHL’s vision for the use of these funds through a robust cargo expansion means new opportunities for individuals in PA-05 and beyond,” said Rep. Scanlon. “This $30,721,947 grant, made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will deliver good-paying jobs for Pennsylvanians while making much-needed improvements at the airport. I look forward to continuing to work with PHL as it moves proactively to anticipate and meet the needs for air cargo and travel in our region.”
Philadelphia International Airport will receive a similar tranche of funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law each year for the next five years, as part of a program for airport development. The allotted funds could vary from year to year, as it reflects annual how many people use the airport. In addition to these guaranteed funds, Philadelphia International Airport can compete with other airports for grants from an additional $5 billion nationally for terminal and landside improvements.
“The funding we are receiving for PHL and PNE will spur a once-in-a-generation investment into these important regional assets,” said Philadelphia Division of Aviation CEO Chellie Cameron. “I want to thank the stakeholders that supported this legislation. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act makes a much-needed down payment to upgrade aging facilities and invest in our future.”
On November 15, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included $15 billion in formula funding to help redevelop airports across the country. Projects that qualify for funding include: improvements to runways and taxiways, terminal development, and noise prevention. The law also includes an additional $5 billion nationally for FAA towers and facilities funding, which the FAA will distribute among airports in need.
“The bipartisan infrastructure law is a tremendous victory for Pennsylvanians,” continued Rep. Scanlon. “After decades of unfulfilled promises from D.C. to prioritize our nation’s infrastructure, President Biden and Democrats in Congress are delivering for the American people. I was proud to support this historic legislation in the House, and I will keep fighting to ensure every family can benefit from these investments as we revive, rebuild, and reimagine our commonwealth’s infrastructure.”
In addition to the $30,721,947 for Philadelphia International Airport, another $763,000 will go to Northeast Philadelphia Airport.