Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will build a new concourse ground boarding facility with the help of $10 million in federal funds.
The Biden Administration on Thursday announced the first $1 billion in federal funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which will be used to improve airport terminals across the country.
Sarasota Bradenton airport is getting $10 million as part of the funding and will use it to build a new Concourse A ground boarding facility, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The new facility will add five new gates and hold rooms, four security checkpoint lanes and replace the existing two-chiller Central Energy Plant. Funding will also be used to improve the existing Concourse B.
Airport's growing: Major expansion planned at Sarasota Bradenton airport
The $1 billion in funds are being dispersed to 90 airports across the U.S. Also in Florida, grants are being given to Orlando International Airport, which is getting $50 million, and Gainesville Regional Airport, which is getting $1.7 million.
The infrastructure law has set a total of $5 billion aside for airport terminal development projects that address aging infrastructure at the nation’s airports.
Sarasota Bradenton airport is undertaking a major renovation as it continues to see record passenger numbers in its terminal. Between January and May, 1,803,944 passengers traveled through the airport, compared to 1,146,782 over the same time period in 2021.
Other projects include a new $10 million ground transportation center, a relocation of the employee lot, a new $4 million general aviation customs facility, a $700,000 observation area, a new $2 million cell phone lot with restrooms and flight information screens, a consolidated baggage system, a $72 million terminal expansion, a maintenance facility for rental cars and 1,400 new parking spaces.
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