Funds will help upgrade airport infrastructure to make travel safer and more efficient
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) will receive $4,464,990 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade existing infrastructure to make travel safer and more efficient for area residents and visitors. The funds will help SFB renovate existing taxiways by upgrading its lighting equipment, build an additional tarmac to expand flight capacity, and install new airfield guidance signs to increase safety, among other things.
“I’m pleased to announce this federal investment at Orlando Sanford International Airport, which will boost tourism and economic development in the region,” said Murphy. “A world-class destination needs a world-class infrastructure, and I’ll keep fighting for investments like this that facilitate central Florida’s growth, bring in more industry, and create more and better-paying jobs for Seminole County.”
Last year, Murphy announced $4.2 million to improve operations, expand capacity, and enhance the passenger experience at SFB, and $1 million for the airport to update its Master Plan. In 2017, Murphy announced a $5.6 million federal investment for SFB to widen a main taxiway at the airport, which is one component of a major expansion project that is expected to be completed in 2020 and will include the addition of four new gates. Altogether, Murphy has announced nearly $15 million in federal investments in SFB.
“The Orlando SANFORD International Airport continues to appreciate the tremendous awareness and support for our needs demonstrated by Congresswoman Murphy. As a commercial service airport, the congresswoman’s efforts on our behalf are critical to our success and future growth,” said SFB President Diane Crews.
SFB is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country. The number of passengers annually using the airport has nearly doubled in recent years—from just under 1.58 million in 2011 to more than 3 million in 2018—and is expected to increase further in the coming years. In terms of operations, SFB is the fourth busiest airport in Florida and the 27th busiest airport in the entire country.
SFB is also a major economic driver for central Florida. The airport employs over 23,000 people with a regional economic impact of more than $2.6 billion.