U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy today announced Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) has received a $4.2 million federal investment to improve operations, expand capacity, and enhance the passenger experience. The grant, disbursed by the Federal Aviation Administration, will fund the construction of 28,226 square yards of apron needed to provide aircraft parking for users of the airport. This investment will help fund the first part of a multi-phase project to eventually construct 37,000 square yards of apron at the airport.
In September 2017, Murphy also 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 $9.8 million in federal investments in SFB over the last year alone.
“It’s my pleasure to announce this federal investment in Orlando Sanford International Airport as it continues to grow and expand operations,” Murphy said. “This grant will create good-paying jobs in the short term and sustain economic development in the long term for the Sanford area. I’m proud to support SFB, and I’ll keep doing all I can to help meet our region’s growing transportation infrastructure needs.”
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 a projected 3 million this year—and is expected to increase further in the coming years.
“These projects represent critical infrastructural improvements to sustain our continued growth. Congressman Murphy’s support and understanding of our needs going forward is gratefully acknowledged by the Orlando Sanford International Airport,” said SFB President Diane Crews.
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 $3 billion.