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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has received four grants for infrastructure improvement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling $40 million dollars.

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“As our facility approaches its 44th year of operation, we are focusing more on the infrastructure needs of DFW Airport.  Grants such as these from the FAA are critical for keeping our Airport operating at a level of excellence for our customers and airline partners,” said Sean Donohue, chief executive officer at DFW Airport.

The largest grant in the package is worth $20 million and will fund a project to construct and expand the aircraft apron south of Terminal D.

A $9 million grant will contribute to the ongoing project to rehabilitate one of DFW’s primary arrival runways on the west side of the airfield.

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Another grant of about $8 million will go to strengthen a taxiway, which will allow larger scale aircraft to cross between the west side of the airfield and the east.

Finally, an additional $3 million grant will fund the last phase to equip Terminal B with new and environmentally friendly air units used to cool jet boarding bridges, and the electrical needs to operate those units.

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports.  For large hub airports such as DFW, the grants could cover up to 75 percent of eligible costs for the specific projects awarded.

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