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$3.3 Million Awarded for Airport Infrastructure Grants

Posted 6/16/17 (Fri)

$3.3 Million Awarded for Airport Infrastructure Grants


On June 15th, 2017, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission awarded approximately $3.3 million in infrastructure grants to multiple public airports throughout the state.  The individual grant awards are noted on the attached listings: Air Carrier Grants, General Aviation Grants

These state infrastructure grants are used to help fund numerous high priority airport projects throughout the state of North Dakota.  The revenue source for these airport grants is derived primarily from taxes on aviation fuel and aircraft sales. A majority of the state grant allocations will also match federal grants that are anticipated to be received for 2017 airport projects.  These grants are critical in maintaining the needed infrastructure to support the aviation industry, which is a major contributor to the state’s economy. 

In 2015, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission completed a research project to estimate the annual economic impact that the 89 public-use airports provide to North Dakota’s economy.  The research concluded that the airports have an estimated annual economic impact of $1.6 billion dollars on the state’s overall economy while providing support for over 12,200 jobs. More information on the study is available from the Aeronautics Commission website.

“The directive that the state legislature provides to the ND Aeronautics Commission is to encourage and assist in the development of aviation in the state.  One of the primary ways that our organization accomplishes that mission is by working to direct federal and state funds to North Dakota communities for the continued development of their airports.” stated Kyle Wanner, the Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Airports are vital to the state’s economic development and provide much needed services for our communities. We are excited to provide these grants and to help be a part of the infrastructure solutions that our communities require.”