Sacramento International Airport has won $16 million to help refurbish its east taxiway, Sacramento Rep. Doris Matsui said Thursday.
The money, from the Federal Aviation Administration, boosts the airport’s plans for a $35 million airport flight field upgrade, and helps reduce the amount the airport needs to draw from airline and flier fees for the project.
“This grant will help us meet important capital improvement objectives in modernizing and rehabilitating our airfield for future growth,” said Sacramento County Airport System Director John Wheat in a statement.
The airport has seen solid passenger growth and increased flights in the past year after several years of post-recession stagnation. Passenger numbers were up 5 percent for the year as of July, the fourth successive year of growth. The airport is on track to have its highest annual flier totals since its pre-recession peak in 2007, possibly topping 10 million passengers.
Matsui helped secure the federal funds. “The improvements made possible by this grant will ensure the airport’s continued efficiency as it meets the transportation needs of visitors, residents, and businesses alike,” Matsui said. “I will continue to ensure we are committing the federal funding needed for our local transportation infrastructure projects, which remain an important building block in our region’s economic success.”