FAA grants more than $15 million for Memphis International Airport

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

It’s part of the National Airport Improvement Program targeting local infrastructure. The money will also enhance your travel experiences and create 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 will help the local economy.

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

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

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