WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) will receive $10.2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade existing infrastructure to make travel safer and more efficient for area residents and visitors. The funds enable SFB to renovate 12,000 feet of existing taxiways used by arriving and departing aircraft.
“As a world-class destination, our community needs a world-class infrastructure that will help fuel central Florida’s economic growth,” said Murphy. “I’m proud to announce this significant federal investment at Orlando Sanford International Airport, which will make travel safer and more efficient in our region. I’ll keep working to secure funding to that will allow Seminole County to boost tourism, increase economic development, and create more and better-paying jobs.”
“This is wonderful news! As Orlando Sanford International Airport continues to grow, the support of our legislators remains critical to our success. We greatly appreciate the diligent efforts of Rep. Murphy on our behalf to prioritize the Airport’s needs and concerns in Washington DC and look forward to moving ahead with this long awaited project,” said SFB President Diane Crews.
In June, Murphy announced $4.5 million to upgrade lighting equipment, build an additional tarmac to expand flight capacity, and install new airfield guidance signs to increase safety at SFB. Last year, Murphy also 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 $25.5 million in federal investments in SFB.
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. This makes SFB the 79th busiest airport for number of passengers, out of 563 commercial service airports in the United States. In terms of operations (takeoffs and landing), 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 helps generate over 23,000 jobs in the region, with an economic impact of more than $2.6 billion.