In Columbus, Portman Visits John Glenn Columbus International Airport, Discusses New Airport Funding from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

April 25, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) met with regional airport officials to learn more about recent and planned investments at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. The group discussed how the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Senator Portman was the lead Republican negotiator of, included new streams of funding for airports in Ohio and all around the country. The group also discussed ways that the airport can secure this new funding from for needed upgrades. Senator Portman also received a tour of the airport’s new rental car facility.

“Thanks to the folks from John Glenn Columbus International Airport for the constructive meeting about improvements happening at the airport and for the tour of their brand new rental car facility,” said Senator Portman. “The bipartisan infrastructure law, which I helped spearhead last year, has historic new funding for airports to improve their capacity and functionality and I’m excited about the opportunities for growth and expansion here in Columbus. I encourage airports across Ohio take advantage of this great opportunity.”

In February, Senator Portman announced that the Federal Aviation Administration opened up applications for airports in Ohio and around the United States for their Airport Terminal Program. This grant program, which will provide a total of $5 billion in funding over five years, is one of three new aviation programs created by the bipartisan infrastructure law. It provides funding for terminal, on-airport rail access, and airport-owned airport traffic control tower projects.

In December, Senator Portman announced that nearly 100 airports across the state of Ohio will receive nearly $254 million in federal funding over the next five years thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Airport Infrastructure grant funds can be used toward projects to improve and replace runways, taxiways, and airport-owned towers. These dedicated funds, on top of the new competitive Airport Terminal Improvement program and the FAA NextGen program funding, will allow Ohio’s airports to compete for overdue upgrades. This brand new funding will allow Ohio’s airports to continue recovery from the economic impact of COVID-19 and continue their position as catalysts for economic growth.

Pictures from the event can be found below: