FAA Awards $9.1M To SRQ For Airport Improvements

Sarasota/Bradenton

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For Immediate Release

 

FAA AWARDS $9.1M TO SRQ FOR AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is pleased to announce that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $9,132,286 in FY2014 grants to SRQ for several projects, including a new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT). The ATCT project has been under consideration for five years and has equal funding participation from both the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and SRQ. Also included in the FAA grant is funding towards the continuing terminal renovation project, the expansion of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Federal Inspection services (FIS) facility, and airfield taxi lanes.

The grant is part of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), a national program funded by user fees on airline tickets and aviation fuel, and is utilized by airports throughout the United States to make capital improvements. The FAA provided $4,000,000 of discretionary funding which SRQ President, Chief Executive Officer Rick Piccolo said was critical to move forward with the new Air Traffic Control Tower. Mr. Piccolo stated, “We are extremely pleased that the FAA acknowledges the value of the proposed partnership between SRQ and the FDOT and we look forward to completing a new ATC tower which will enhance the safety and efficiency of our airfield.”

For Further Information Contact:

Fredrick J. Piccolo, President, Chief Executive Officer

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ)

Tel. (941) 359-5200, extension 4200