The Federal Aviation Administration will award nearly $1 billion from the $1 trillion infrastructure law to fund improvements at 85 airports across the country, including Fort Wayne and Evansville. A majority of the money is earmarked for improvements to terminals.
Fort Wayne International Airport will receive $13.8 million. The FAA says the existing terminal is 30 years old and has inefficient HVAC units and inadequate insulation. The funding will also help pay for improvements to passenger waiting areas and boarding areas.
Evansville Regional Airport has been awarded $3.4 million for HVAC equipment, lighting and passenger access.
The grants are the first installment of $5 billion for airport projects that were included in the bill approved by Congress last fall.
The FAA says federal funds have traditionally gone largely into runways, taxiways and towers while airports paid for terminal upgrades with money they get from passenger facility charges.