Sunport Awarded $3.2 Million in Federal Grants
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Mayor Richard J. Berry and Aviation Director Jim Hinde announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded the Sunport $3.2 Million in grants for runway and taxiway projects.
“These grants are important to ensure the Sunport continues to meet the highest safety and capacity standards,” Mayor Berry said. “Investment in our airport infrastructure is crucial to the continued growth of the region’s economy.”
The larger grant of approximately $3 million will rehabilitate areas of Runway 8/26, which was last reconstructed in 1996, helping to extend its useful life. The smaller grant of approximately $200,000 will fund the design cost of a taxiway exit from Runway 3/21, increasing its capacity and safety.
Since 2009, the Sunport has added four airlines with service to three new destinations and expanded options to six existing destinations, which has ultimately led to positive passenger growth. Year-to-date, Sunport traffic is up 2.3% over 2016.
During this same period, the Sunport has remained fiscally responsible, maintained one of the highest bond ratings in the industry for an airport of its size, renovated the entire post-security area of the terminal, and recently began a $30 million renovation project to the pre-security portion of the terminal. Those renovations to the bag claim, ticketing and curbside areas of the terminal are scheduled for completion in late 2108.
Other major initiatives currently underway at the Sunport are the Aviation Center of Excellence (ACE) which is an 80-acre site near Girard and Gibson that will house aviation related industry and retail/commercial businesses. That project is in phase two of development and will be ready for tenants later this year. Lastly, a $1.3 million project to replace all roadway signage around the airport is underway and is scheduled to be complete by fall.