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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM - For Immediate Release

Sacramento International Receives $8.7 Million FAA Grant

The Big Build Supported by Airport Improvement Program

SACRAMENTO, CA. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week that Sacramento International Airport will receive an $8.7 million Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant. The is the fourth installment in the seven year $59 million FAA Letter of Intent (LOI) funding program for the Big Build at Sacramento. AIP funds support construction of terminal aprons, taxiways and overnight aircraft parking for the Big Build project.

“Each installment from the LOI program helps us stay on budget, “said Airport Director G. Hardy Acree. “Support from the Federal government is critical to the success of our project.”

The Big Build is designed to meet current and future air travel demands by replacing the outdated Terminal B with a 669,000 square foot multi-story terminal. The new Central Terminal B will offer 19 aircraft gates, a two-level roadway system, 42,000 square feet of concessions space, an international arrivals facility and an automated people mover. The airside construction projects supported by the AIP grants are necessary to facilitate movement of aircraft around the new terminal.

“Federal funds greatly aid the Sacramento County Airport System’s ability to deliver improved facilities to the airlines and the passengers they serve within the project budget,” said Don Nottoli, Vice Chair of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors. “Central Terminal B will be an asset to our community for generations.”

The Letter of Intent program is designed to provide annual grants over a seven-year period concluding in fiscal year 2015.

The Sacramento County Department of Airport is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport offers more than 150 daily nonstop flights on 10 domestic and international carriers to 30 cities. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County airport system is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit