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Feds Grant Funds to Local Airports

The Hollywood Burbank Airport will be awarded $30 million to “help fund modernization efforts,” federal officials announced Thursday.
The Hollywood Burbank Airport grant will help fund a portion of the construction of a new 14-gate terminal building, replacing an outdated facility built in the 1930s and helping to reduce neighborhood noise pollution, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement. Los Angeles International Airport was also granted $50 million to reconfigure and repave roadways in front of the airport’s terminals.
Schiff added that the grant will also help fund a modern energy-efficient facility, allowing the Hollywood Burbank Airport, also known as the Bob Hope Airport, to continue providing efficient service to the Los Angeles region.
“The $30 million grant from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law supports the Airport Capital Improvement Program and our ongoing efforts to ensure the airport provides the best environment for our passengers,” Frank Miller, executive director of the Hollywood Burbank Airport.
The Hollywood-Burbank Airport recently closed a contract with builders for its new 14-gate replacement passenger terminal, which officials estimate could be completed by 2026.
The replacement terminal, which is still in the planning phase, will have the same number of gates — 14 — but will increase from 232,000 square feet to about 355,000 square feet. It will be built at the northeast end of the airport, replacing the existing almost 100-year-old terminal in the southeast.
The project will also include the modernization of the entrance to the central terminal parking area. The updates are expected to increase passenger capacity and help those with access and functional needs, Schiff said.
“Both the Los Angeles International Airport and Hollywood Burbank Airport serve as gateways to our incredible communities, leaving an indelible impression on all who visit and connecting Californians and tourists to our state’s beautiful destinations,” Schiff said.
“I am proud to have fought for additional funding for my hometown airport and will continue to advocate for more funding … I look forward to seeing these initiatives’ positive effects on our community and the surrounding region,” he added.
The grants were awarded through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Terminal Program, which funds improvements to runways, taxiways, aprons, safety-related projects and noise abatement.

First published in the March 4 print issue of the Burbank Leader.

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