January 24, 2020

Elaine Chao comes to town bearing $23.2 million for DFW Airport taxiway upgrades - Dallas News

Elaine Chao comes to town bearing $23.2 million for DFW Airport taxiway upgrades  Dallas News

Texas airports will receive $57.1 million from the federal government to pay for infrastructure improvements, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said ...

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Terminal F, which could open as soon as 2025, is expected to cost between $3 billion and $3.5 billion. Bonds will finance the new terminal. Airline rents, landing fees and passenger facility charges will be used to pay off the debt.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave airports nationwide a grade of “D” in 2017, citing increased congestion and major funding gaps. A “D” grade means a large share of the system has seen significant deterioration.

Airports in Texas fared better with “B-.” That’s up from a C- in 2012, thanks to continued federal funding.

Other Texas airports receiving grants are George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston ($15 million), El Paso International Airport ($6.5 million), Sheppard Air Force Base/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport ($2 million), East Texas Regional Airport ($1.5 million) and Tyler Pounds Regional Airport ($900,000).

Following Monday’s announcement, Fort Worth-based American Airlines signed on to the Trump administration’s Pledge to American Workers. The airline said it would provide 22,000 workforce-training opportunities for its staffers during the next five years.

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