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Case Announces Additional Federal Funding for Airport Use From Landmark Infrastructure Law

$10 Million More Will Go to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Ed Case (HI-01) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $10 million in competitive grant funding to the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), drawn from the landmark $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Package (BIP) that Case advocated and voted for and was signed into law by the President in November 2021.

“This is yet another round of funding to the Hawai’i Department of Transportation/Airports Division from the BIP to follow the $49.2 million awarded for various airport projects in December,” said Case. 

“As Hawai‘i emerges from the pandemic and our tourism industry recovers, the federal funding for our airports will improve customer experiences, move goods through the economy more efficiently to lower prices, and enhance U.S. competitiveness.”

Competitive grants mean potential grantees must compete on merit with other applicants as opposed to formula funds which are distributed automatically according to specific criteria. Case said this award was good news for the State’s ability to seek out and obtain harder-to-get federal funding.

“Americans deserve modern airports that meet the needs of their families and growing passenger demand. Funded through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, today’s grants will improve our airport terminals while also creating good jobs in communities across the country,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Case said the $10 million for the HNL Airport will go towards reconstruction of the 1970’s terminal roadway which includes approximately 142,000 square feet of pavement, as well as drainage and lighting on the Ewa and Diamond Head Concourses.

Today’s grant funding is from the Airport Terminal Program, one of three aviation programs created by the BIP law. The law provides $1 billion annually for five years for Airport Terminal grants.

“This is just the latest of many tangible benefits to Hawai‘i from the BIP, the largest federal reinvestment ever in our backbone infrastructure across the country,” said Case. “The BIP will eventually deliver some $3 billion to our state for roads and bridges, water infrastructure, climate resilience projects, access to broadband and much more.”