Padilla, Butler Announce Over $89 Million for California Airports from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

CALIFORNIA — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla and Laphonza Butler (both D-Calif.) announced that four California airports were awarded a combined $89.3 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The funding comes through the Airport Terminal Program and will help meet the growing demand for air travel and support projects to improve passenger experience, accessibility, and sustainability.

California recipients include the Bob Hope (Hollywood Burbank) Airport, the Los Angeles International Airport, the Metropolitan Oakland International Airport, and the San Francisco International Airport.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues to help modernize our airports to provide a better flight experience for both Californians and the millions who visit our state each year,” said Senator Padilla. “This latest round of federal funding coming to our state will make our airports safer, easier to navigate, and more energy efficient while generating good-paying jobs for Californians.”

“The Biden-Harris Administration’s almost $90 million investment into our state’s most high-traffic airports recognizes California for the national travel hub it is,” said Senator Butler. “As more Americans are on the move, this investment will help create smoother air travel for millions traveling through our airports, from improving congestion to fixing the aging infrastructure, all while creating jobs.”

California recipients will receive funding for the following projects:

  • Los Angeles International Airport: $31 million. This award funds two areas of the Auxiliary Curbs at ITF West and ITF East which includes a combination of new, extending, widening, and utility improvements of surrounding roadways.
  • San Francisco International Airport: $31 million. This award funds the replacement of critical mechanical and electrical components of the HVAC system at the International Terminal. Replacing these components will improve fire‐life safety compliance, reduce energy usage, reduce maintenance costs, and improve resilience.
  • Bob Hope (Hollywood Burbank) Airport: $17.3 million. This award funds the construction of portions of the foundational slab and structural components of the 355,000 square feet Replacement Passenger Terminal (RPT) building at BUR. This will include portions of the Headhouse structure and 3 Concourse structures, all separated by seismic joints.
  • Metropolitan Oakland International Airport: $10 million. This award funds Phase 1 of the restroom improvements including the reopening of a women’s restroom at Gate 4, the renovation of the men’s restroom at Gate 3, and the transformation of the existing men’s Restroom at Gate 7 into single user all gender/family restrooms, accompanied by a dedicated lactation room.

Last year, Padilla and the late Senator Dianne Feinstein announced $139.5 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for eight airports across California to upgrade, modernize, and rebuild our airports, terminals, and Air Traffic Control Towers. Padilla and Feinstein also previously announced nearly $100 million in airport infrastructure grant funding in 2022, along with over $294 million for 167 airports across California from the first installment of formula airport infrastructure grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in 2021. In 2022, Padilla introduced legislation to help airports invest in renewable generation resources like solar panels, battery storage systems, and microgrids.

A complete list of airports receiving funding is available here.


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