Rep. Cuellar Announces Laredo International Airport to Receive $1,483,521 from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Funding for airport terminal expansion amounts released from Federal Aviation Administration
Washington | Dana Youngentob, DC Press Secretary (202-340-9148), January 7, 2022
Washington, DC—Today, U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced that $1,483,521 in new federal funding under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is headed to Laredo International Airport for the airport’s terminal expansion project.
“Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this new grant will deliver new good-paying jobs for Texas while making sorely needed renovations to Laredo International Airport,” said Congressman Cuellar. “We must continue to ensure that all travelers flying to and from Laredo have an easier and safer journey.”
Laredo International Airport will receive a similar tranche of funding from the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law each year for the next five years, as part of a program for airport development. The tranche could vary from year to year, as the funding reflects annual enplanement totals. In addition to these guaranteed funds, Laredo International Airport can compete with other airports across the country for grants from an additional $5 billion nationally for terminal improvements.
The terminal expansion project will include upgrades to the interior spaces and public restrooms, upgrades to mechanical and electrical systems, additional sanitization measures, and personnel and janitorial services.
“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already proven to be a tremendous victory for Texans,” continued Cuellar. “I was proud to support this historic legislation in the House and I will keep fighting to ensure every family can benefit from these investments as we rebuild and reimagine our local infrastructure.”
“It is exciting to begin a new year with such splendid news. We are grateful to Congressman Cuellar’s support of the Bi-partisan Infrastructure Law which locally will serve to continue enhancing our Airport infrastructure. This will ensure additional safety and overall passenger satisfaction, being our top priorities,” said Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz. “These federal funds will help us meet these objectives along with continuing to invest in terminal expansion and COVID-19 response during the ongoing pandemic. As one of the top and busiest ports in the nation among more than 450 airports, it is crucial to continue investing in such enhancements.”
“An enormous thank you, from myself and all of Laredo to Congressman Cuellar (our true homegrown representative).For always looking out for the betterment of our community. Always lending a helping hand, and certainly always helping out his hometown. Not only representing us but bringing in monies for improvements that the city needs. So it can continue to prosper and bring in new businesses,” said city of Laredo Councilman Ruben Gutierrez Jr. “Thank you Congressman Cuellar for your continued support for Laredo.”
On November 15th, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which included $15 billion in formula funding to help redevelop airports across the country. Projects that qualify for funding include: improvements to runways and taxiways, terminal development and noise prevention. The law also includes an additional $5 billion nationally for FAA towers and facilities funding, which the FAA will distribute among airports in need.