Cantwell Announces $9.9M Grant for Safety Improvements at Grant County International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, announced that the Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake will receive a $9,916,638 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) for safety improvements at the airport. The money comes in addition to $233,362 the airport will receive from the program as a result of mandatory funding commitments.

“Airports and airport infrastructure are critical to building our economy for the future,” Senator Cantwell said. “With the important role Moses Lake plays for Washington industries like aerospace, manufacturing and agriculture, this federal investment will help accommodate the region’s tremendous economic growth and keep building for future sustainability and success.”

The AIP funding will help with runway safety upgrades at the airport, including fixing a line-of-sight issue and bringing runway lighting into compliance with FAA standards. The projects are expected to begin in the coming months and be completed in time to handle cherry cargo charters next summer.

As Ranking Member of the Commerce Committee, Cantwell has long supported the AIP and helped airports throughout Washington state get funding through the program. Cantwell helped secure full funding for the AIP in last year’s landmark five-year reauthorization of the FAA. From 2013-2017, Washington state airports received more than $380 million in grants from the program.