Ground design

Van Hollen, Cardin, Ruppersberger and Sarbanes announce more than $20 million for improvements at Baltimore-area airports

September 16, 2022

Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.) announced federal funding of $23,156,355 to support improvements at Thurgood International Airport Marshall from Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and Tipton Airport. Funds are provided through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“Ensuring that our airports are in the best conditions guarantees the safety of passengers, the punctuality of flights and the growth of our economy. And with these federal resources, we are not only helping our Baltimore-area airports better serve travelers and regional businesses, we are also creating well-paying local jobs and protecting our environment,” lawmakers said. “We will continue to work to secure funding for critical infrastructure upgrades across our state, as these investments are critical to supporting our local economies.”

Federal grants were awarded as follows:

  • $19,951,428 to BWI to rebuild an existing airport lighting vault that needs upgrading;
  • $2,016,351 to Tipton Airport to construct a new airport-wide stormwater management facility to better manage runoff, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration design standards; and
  • $1,188,576 to BWI to reduce airport ground emission sources, improve airport air quality and reduce the use of conventional fuels, including the purchase of four units of pre-conditioned air and four generators on the ground.

The AIP funds various types of airport infrastructure projects across the country, including repairs and upgrades to runways, taxiways, signage, lighting and airport markings, while creating thousands of well-paying jobs in communities across Maryland and across the country. Members have consistently fought for funds for airports and terminal operators, including an additional $20 billion to address the financial impacts of the pandemic.

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