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FAA grants more than $15 million for Memphis International Airport

A major investment from the Federal government is granting millions of dollars for safety upgrades at Memphis International Airport.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – A major investment from the Federal government is grantingmillions of dollars for safety upgrades at Memphis International Airport.

It’s part of the National Airport Improvement Program targetinglocal infrastructure. The money will also enhance your travel experiences andcreate jobs.

Memphis received the second most out of all the airports in Tennessee. Overall, airports in the state received $49.3 million. More than $15 million will be used to construct an airport de-icing pad for planes in Memphis. It will also go to the airport master plan and a miscellaneous study.

The Federal Aviation Administration says ultimately the money willhelp the local economy.

“Today’s a big day and a good day for Memphis international with abig award of $15.5 million,” said Bailey Edwards with the FAA. “Airports areeconomic engines for communities, often supporting thousands of direct andindirect jobs and millions in economic output.”

In total, 264 airports in the U.S. were awarded grants to meettheir safety and capacity needs.