WASHINGTON—U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) will receive $10.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to upgrade its infrastructure to ensure safe and efficient airport operations. Specifically, the investment will be used by the airport to rehabilitate 5,750 feet of a runway and taxiway lighting system in order to provide improved reliability during low-visibility conditions for landings at the airport. Funding was provided under both the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program and the Murphy-supported CARES Act, which has helped maintain airport operations, continue improvement projects, and keep airport workers employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
“Over the years, Orlando Sanford International Airport has emerged as a key economic driver in Central Florida. I am proud to announce this major investment that will help Seminole County increase economic development and create more jobs during these challenging times,” said Murphy. “As we emerge from this crisis, I will keep fighting to secure more federal dollars that will help our region remain the top destination it has always been.”
In April, Murphy announced nearly $23 million in CARES Act funding to help the airport respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Altogether, Murphy has announced nearly $60 million in federal investments in SFB.
Orlando Sanford International Airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country. The number of passengers using the airport annually has nearly doubled in recent years—from just under 1.58 million in 2011 to more than 3 million in 2018. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, SFB was the fourth busiest airport in Florida and the 27th busiest airport in the entire country. The airport helps generate over 23,000 jobs in the region, with an economic impact of more than $2.6 billion.