Cantwell Announces Over $18 Million in Grants to Washington State Airports

$13 Million going to Sea-Tac, $1 Million going to Snohomish’s Harvey Field

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced more than $18 million in grants from the Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded to Washington airports through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). These grants are funded in part by $100 million that Cantwell helped secure in the American Rescue Plan Act, which was signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021. Thanks to this grant provision, the projects will not have to pay the usual local match.

The funding provides economic relief to eligible commercial service, reliever, and general aviation airports. Details for each grant are linked in the table below. Funding from these grants will largely go toward airport improvement projects like runway reconstruction, noise mitigation measures for nearby residents, and snow removal equipment.

DOT FAA Grant Recipients include:

RecipientGrant PurposeAmount
Seattle-Tacoma InternationalNoise Mitigation Measures$ 13,333,333
Boeing Field/King County InternationalSnow Equipment$ 1,777,777
Harvey FieldRunway Reconstruction$ 1,171,427
City of WilburApron and Taxiway Construction$ 666,666
Pearson FieldTaxiway Reconstruction$ 444,444
Jefferson County InternationalRunway Reconstruction$ 333,333
State of WashingtonStudy – Airport System$ 333,333

Senator Cantwell has long supported airports throughout the State of Washington. Through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), Senator Cantwell has helped airports throughout Washington state get funding. In June, Cantwell announced over $217 Million in grants from the Airport Rescue Grants program awarded to Washington airports to help keep people safe and employed by reimbursing operational expenses, debt service payments, and costs related to combating the spread of pathogens at the airport.

In May, Cantwell announced $23 million in AIP funding going to Sea-Tac, Bellingham, Walla Walla, and Pullman-Moscow airports. In February 2020, she helped secure funding for Pullman to start a new nonstop route to Denver. In just the last couple of years, she has successfully secured $23 million in federal funding to support airport upgrades and the construction of a new runway at Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport. In 2017, she secured $5.2 million to make other critical improvements at the airport. Cantwell also recently helped secure funding to help establish nonstop air service between San Francisco and Pangborn Memorial Airport in Wenatchee.