Propelling Georgia’s Aviation Economy to Greater Heights, Senator Reverend Warnock Announces New Federal Investments in State’s Airports

Senator Reverend Warnock announced $17 million in federal investments for Georgia’s airports

Grant includes over half a million dollars for Augusta Regional Airport

This latest round of funding follows last month’s announcement of a $12 million grant for Georgia’s airports

As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, which oversees transportation policy, Senator Reverend Warnock continues to prioritize investments in Georgia’s workers and infrastructure, including in the aviation industry

Senator Reverend Warnock: “I will continue working to make Georgia a hub of transportation innovation”

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), a member of the Senate Commerce Committee which oversees transportation policy, announced a new series of federal grants for non-primary airports across Georgia. The grants were awarded by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and will be administered by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to improve infrastructure and enhance traveler safety and experience. 

As part of the new series of grant awards, Augusta Regional Airport will receive over $590,000 to reconstruct and upgrade waning taxiway. 

“Georgia is one of the most important aviation states in the nation, and as a member of the committee responsible for aviation policy, I will continue working to make Georgia a hub of transportation innovation,” said Senator Reverend Warnock.“This new investment is a testament to the good we can accomplish when we reach across the aisle and center the people in policymaking.”

A longtime champion for Georgia’s aviation priorities, Senator Warnock recently introduced the AIRWAYS Act to bolster aviation workforce development, as well as other legislative proposals he is working to include in this year’s FAA reauthorization. In April, Senator Warnock met with local aviation workers and leaders at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport in Chamblee, Georgia to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing folks on the frontlines of the aviation industry. This year, Senator Warnock has announced a series of federal investments in Georgia’s airports and aviation economy, including May’s announcement of $12 million for Georgia’s airports and April’s announcement of $3.4 million for Georgia’s small, rural, and regional aviation infrastructure. In March, the Senator announced a similar investment of $1.5 million from the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Last year, Senator Warnock secured $13.5 million to update nine airports across Georgia, including Augusta Regional Airport and Columbus Airport. The Senator also previously announced $6 million in grants from the Department of Transportation to improve the travel experience at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included roughly $619 million for Georgia’s airports to improve efficiency, upgrade terminals, and more.