Federal Funding for the Long Beach Airport will create up to 120 local jobs

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long-beach-airportThe Long Beach Airport joined the other nation’s airports by confirming the receipt of $4,362,439 in federal grant money. The funding was awarded through the Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and will be used specifically for air carrier ramp reconstruction and taxiway rehabilitation.

“This funding is a welcome relief for Long Beach and the businesses that support the local travel industry as well,” Congresswoman Laura Richardson stated. “This shovel-ready project is just what the Congress intended by stimulating jobs in Long Beach’s 12.5% unemployment rate and putting an estimated 120 people to work. It is projects like these that will help curb our growing unemployment rate and make our economy start growing and maintain a sustainable pace over time.”

The AIP is a federal grant program that provides funding for public airports—and, in some cases, to private airports—to help improve safety and efficiency. The AIP was established by the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982. Its funds are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.

Last March, Congresswoman Richardson announced that the Compton/Woodley Airport was the recipient of $8 million in federal funding for apron rehabilitation and participated in a critical project announcement in California that allocated $15 million in funding for the construction of a new inline baggage handling system at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The Compton/Woodley Airport funding was made available through the Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program and was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Congresswoman Richardson supported.

“My work with the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, both on the committee and with appropriate secretaries, will continue to fulfill my objective and commitment on bringing economic growth and stabilization to our region,” Congresswoman Richardson, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Aviation, stated.

Long Beach Airport serves nearly three million commercial airline passengers annually and hosts Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and US Airways.

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