Airport to Receive $7.1 Million Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding


Fresno Yosemite International Airport to

Receive $7.1 Million Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding 

Fresno, CA Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is the recipient of $7.1 million in additional funding through the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Airport Terminal Program (ATP).  This much needed grant will be used to fund a portion of the construction of the new terminal concourse including two new international and domestic passenger boarding bridges. Today’s federal grant announcement follows last week’s Fresno City Council terminal expansion construction approval.

FAT’s terminal expansion project was included in the $1 billion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding awarded to 99 airports across the country and designed to invest in key areas to help make the passenger experience more efficient and enjoyable. Through this award the City of Fresno is well on its way to securing the funding needed to support the $126 million Terminal Expansion Project at FAT, a program titled FAT Forward.

“Continued investment in our City’s air transportation facility produces positive economic effects for the community and region,” said City of Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer.  “As an international air gateway for California’s Central Valley, it is essential to provide a spacious and efficient airport which includes expanding capacity to meet the region’s current and growing air service demands.”

“FAT’s Terminal Expansion Project is the first major improvement to the Airport in more than 20 years and supports a growing Central Valley region,” said Director of Aviation Henry Thompson.  “This federal grant support from our region’s Congressional representatives to fund this significant project gets us that much closer to making this expansion a reality and providing a higher level of service for the community.”

 FAT Forward is a multi-year terminal and parking expansion program to improve the customer experience and position the Airport and California’s Central Valley for future growth.  The first part of FAT Forward was realized in November 2021 with the opening of a new, four-level parking garage, the Airport’s first multi-level, covered parking structure with over 900 spaces and provides additional capacity just steps from terminal entrances.

The terminal expansion project includes a new upper-level concourse in the existing terminal with two dual-use passenger bridges to facilitate domestic and international boarding. In addition to two dual-use passenger bridges, the upper-level concourse includes more areas for shopping and dining. A new international arrivals facility that will be triple the current size to accommodate the growing volume of passenger arrivals. An expanded Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security screening area will enhance passenger circulation as well as increased TSA and airline baggage handling areas with added capacity.

FAT Forward terminal expansion is expected to open to the public in Fall 2025 funded through a combination of Infrastructure Grants, Federal Aviation Administration Grants, Passenger Facility Charges, Measure C, CARES Act, Transportation Security Administration Grant, and Airport Revenue Bonds.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport – Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is one of the largest drivers in economic activity in the Central San Joaquin Valley. Domestic and international carriers serving FAT offer Valley travelers daily nonstop flights to Chicago (Seasonal), Dallas Fort Worth, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Guadalajara, León, and Morelia in Mexico.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Fresno Chandler Executive Airport are municipally owned entities operating as a self-supporting enterprise.

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