Indy airport granted $10.3M to rebuild runway, add electric charging infrastructure

Indianapolis International Airport will receive $10.3 million in federal grant funding to rebuild a runway and taxiway and to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The grant is part of $1.2 billion in airport safety and infrastructure funding being awarded to 405 airports across the country by the Federal Aviation Administration.

A spokeswoman for the airport told IBJ the grant will help fund the rebuilding of the southern parallel runway 5R23L, which is heavily used by FedEx and airlines. The rebuild is part of an ongoing effort to improve the airfield by rehabilitating and reconstructing taxiways and runways when needed.

“Our pavement is aged and wasn’t initially designed for the type of aircraft that are now flying—they are bigger and are carrying more, which puts strain on the pavement,” the airport said. “This reconstruction and federal dollars associated helps us to reinvest in our award-winning asset to continue delivering public value to the traveling public, our airline partners and the Indianapolis community.”

The grant also includes funding for infrastructure for the federal Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program, which aims to help airports improve air quality. The airport will use the funds to purchase and install electric charging infrastructure for electric ground supporting equipment, including airline baggage tugs.

The airport has partnered with airlines across the campus, including FedEx, to convert equipment from diesel to electric, and the airport has committed to having the infrastructure in place to do so.

Altogether, Indiana airports received a combined $42 million in grants. Other airports receiving funds included Indianapolis Regional Airport in McCordsville, which received $166,666 to update its master plan.

South Bend International received $13.3 million to rebuild a runway and Evansville Regional got $2.1 million to improve a safety area, update a terminal building and rehab a taxiway.

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