U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $5.6 million grant to Orlando Sanford International Airport. The grant will be used 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.
Orlando Sanford International Airport 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 a projected 3 million this year—and is expected to increase further in the coming years. The multi-year expansion project will increase the amount of passenger traffic the airport is able to handle.
“I am pleased to announce this $5.6 million federal grant to widen the taxiway at Orlando Sanford International Airport. This airport has been one of the nation’s best-kept secrets, and the secret is getting out. The expansion of Orlando Sanford will strengthen central Florida’s economy by making traveling and doing business in our region easier and more convenient,” saidMurphy, a member of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus.
Murphy has separately been working to secure a second Advanced Imaging Technologies body-scanning machine for the domestic terminal of the airport in order to ease congestion and further bolster security.