WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (DN.M.) and Ben Ray Luján (DN.M.) and U.S. Representatives Melanie Stansbury (DN.M.) and Teresa Leger Fernández (DN.M.) greet 2,568 $244 in federal grants funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to three New Mexico airports.
“Airports are pillars of opportunity – and that’s exactly what this federal funding will provide. Opportunities to improve air quality around the Albuquerque Sunport through zero-emission technologies. Opportunities to renovate aging infrastructure at Española Municipal Airport. And opportunities to use historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding to revitalize 30,000 square feet of roadway at Santa Fe Municipal Airport. I am proud to welcome this federal funding and will continue to fight for investments that create and enhance all available opportunities for New Mexico airports and the communities they support,” said Heinrich, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
“Local airports in New Mexico are essential to supporting our state’s economy and connecting our communities,” Luján said. “I am pleased that this Department of Transportation grant is upgrading our trails and reducing emissions, ensuring safer, energy-efficient travel for those entering and exiting New Mexico.”
“Our airports are essential to our economic development, bringing billions of dollars to New Mexico and providing tens of thousands of well-paying jobs to communities across our state,” Stansbury said. “I’m proud that more than $2 million in federal funding is flowing to our airports — including the Albuquerque International Sunport — to reduce emissions and build a clean, efficient airport for every traveler.”
“I’m thrilled to see this grant go towards connecting our northern New Mexico communities with improvements at the Santa Fe and Ohkay Owingeh airports,” said Leger Fernández. “Our residents deserve high-quality infrastructure, and I am grateful to see this funding going to our pueblos and municipal airports. I will work to elevate our economy and connect our people.
Federal funding announced by the FAA:
- $292,659 to Ohkay Owingeh Tribal Council for Española Municipal Airport – to rebuild 5,007 feet of runway pavement, install runway identification lights and precision approach path indicators for greater accessibility, and replace the airport’s aging wind cone.
- $265,885 to the City of Santa Fe for the Santa Fe Municipal Airport – rebuild 30,000 square yards of the existing terminal apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life. This funding is made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act that New Mexico congressional Democrats signed into law.
- $2,009,700 for the Albuquerque International Sunport – the FAA’s Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Infrastructure and Pilot Program, which aims to improve air quality at airports and facilitate the use of zero-emission technologies. The project includes the acquisition of two zero-emission vehicles.