DFW Airport Receives DOT Commitment for $180 Million

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed July 30, 2018 14:45

DFW Airport Receives DOT Commitment for $180 Million

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has received a Letter of Intent from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) committing up to $180 million in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant funding for two end-around taxiway systems.

“We’re extremely grateful to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. Our productive partnership continues to identify innovative solutions that benefit the biggest air traffic management system in the world,” said Sean Donohue, CEO of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. “[This] commitment of $180 million is further validation for the team from DFW, the FAA and NASA who designed the concept of end-around taxiways more than a decade ago. When we work together, we improve the safety and efficiency of the airfield and create more capacity on our runways, preparing us to better meet the growing demand for air travel in the United States.”

“This investment in two new taxiways at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport will help ensure more efficient movement of travelers and commercial goods through the fourth busiest airport in our nation,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The next phase of the end-around taxiways is already under construction on DFW’s northeast quadrant, with completion anticipated by 2021. DFW Airport’s southwest quadrant taxiway is expected to be built by 2023. The federal funding included in the Letter of Intent could cover up to half of the overall cost of the next two phases.

“In a global economy, infrastructure investment helps keep the Dallas Fort Worth region competitive,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “One great way to do that is to make sure we get the most out of DFW Airport because it is vital to the transportation system of the United States and the world.”

“These funding commitments from the DOT and the FAA help make sure that DFW is ready for the future,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.  “It’s all about maintaining our infrastructure and investing now to keep our airport and our region ahead of growing demand for air travel.”

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed July 30, 2018 14:45