First of five rounds, airports to submit projects

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award an estimated $91.7 million to North Carolina’s 71 airports from funding made available by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The money can be invested in runways, taxiways, safety and sustainability projects, as well as terminal, airport-transit connections and roadway projects. This is the first of five annual rounds of funding North Carolina airports will receive.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.”

North Carolina airports can submit projects they wish to use the funds on for FAA review in the coming weeks. The FAA encourages airports to prioritize projects that increase airport safety, equity and sustainability. The agency also plans to conduct outreach with the minority business community on these opportunities at airports across the nation.

The following commercial airports in North Carolina are estimated to receive funding during the first year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:

Albert J. Ellis in Richlands: $1,737,407

Asheville Regional in Asheville: $4,309,300

Charlotte Douglas International in Charlotte: $43,247,316

Coastal Carolina Regional in New Bern: $1,447,441

Concord-Padgett Regional in Concord: $1,832,642

Fayetteville Regional in Fayetteville: $2,142,598

Piedmont Triad International in Greensboro: $5,117,453

Pitt-Greenville in Greenville: $1,035,200

Raleigh-Durham International in Wake County: $14,698,288

Wilmington International in Wilmington: $3,781,091

An additional 61 reliever and general aviation airports across North Carolina are also estimated to receive funding during the first year of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. For an interactive map and listing of funding for all North Carolina airports, visit

The money comes from the Airport Infrastructure Grant program, one of three new aviation programs created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The law provides $15 billion over five years for this program. The FAA estimates the backlog of airport modernization and safety projects totals $43.6 billion.