The Quad City International Airport will receive nearly $3 million as part of the Airport Improvement Program. This annual grant is typically used toward construction projects and the amount awarded is based upon enplanements.
“I want to thank our legislators who continue to be advocates for the Quad City International Airport,” said Benjamin Leischner, executive director, Quad City International Airport. “Their support bolsters our efforts to modernize our airport for the sake of our passengers, so they have a reliable and pleasant experience, but also for our employees, who dedicate so much of themselves to providing valuable air service to our community.”
The nearly $3 million will support two projects. The airport will replace three jet bridges at a cost of approximately $2.06 million. Work is expected to begin next spring. The remaining funds will be used to purchase a new aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicle and equipment. Projects and/or major purchases are typically planned for 5 years in at 100% requiring advance.
“While we are tackling several visible and passenger-facing projects, there is much that happens behind the scenes to ensure a smooth flow of aircraft and airline operations which ultimately impacts the customer experience,” said Joe Goetz, airport operations manager.
Typically, projects under the AIP are funded 90% by the FAA with a 10% local match. As a result of CARES Act legislation, the FAA is funding all federal fiscal year 2020 AIP projects no local match.