Airport Receives Second Major Federal Grant for Taxiway Reconstruction

Taxiway C gravel drainage trench construction

Airport Receives Second Major Federal Grant for Taxiway Reconstruction

Fresno Yosemite International Airport today announced the award of a $9.1 million airport infrastructure grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the second phase of the Taxiway C Reconstruction Project.  In 2017, the FAA provided an initial grant of $13.3 million for the first phase of the project which is currently underway. The multi-phased project is anticipated to be completed in late 2019.

The grants are part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program for maintaining aviation infrastructure and supporting safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements.

“As a major air transportation hub for California’s Central Valley, infrastructure projects such as Taxiway C are vital to sustaining safe, well-maintained facilities to serve the nation’s aviation system,” said Director of Aviation Kevin Meikle.  “The nearly 150 construction jobs related to the Taxiway C project contributes to the Airport’s significant economic contribution for the region.”

Taxiway C handles nearly 100,000 annual aircraft operations serving as the primary taxiway for commercial, military, general aviation, cargo, law enforcement, and medical and firefighting aircraft. Identified as a priority airfield project consistent with Fresno Yosemite International Airport’s FAA-Mandated Pavement Management Plan, the reconstruction includes the removal and replacement of existing pavements, lighting, markings and drainage facilities.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport currently offers Valley passengers daily non-stop flights to Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara and Morelia, Mexico on domestic and international carriers.  Fresno Yosemite International Airport is a municipally owned entity operating as a self-supporting enterprise. No City of Fresno general funds are used to operate Fresno Yosemite International Airport or Fresno Chandler Executive Airport.

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