BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is to receive over $4 million to fund Service Road construction.
U.S. Congressman Garret Graves, the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Aviation, made the announcement on Tuesday, June 29 stating that the local airport will receive approximately $4,286,525 in federal funding through the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).
“Over 2.1 million people in the U.S. traveled by airplane last Sunday – the most in a single day since March of 2020. Throw in parking, luggage, waiting in lines, short-staffed airport businesses, delays, cancelations, and being cramped on planes, and you start to appreciate all that goes into taking a flight. Airport infrastructure can make or break a trip, and the right investments help ensure a safe, efficient, and enjoyable travel experience. These funds will increase safety and flight options – helping us expand the airport that serves the Baton Rouge region,” Graves said. “And legislation we are pushing in Congress would provide some flexibility for these dollars to quickly turn dirt on projects. Meaning, we can improve the efficiency and capacity of our airports at a faster pace because unfinished projects don’t get planes, consumers, goods, or services moving on time.”