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Senator Collins Announces More Than $18 Million for Airport Terminal Improvements in Maine

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriation Committee, announced that three Maine airports will receive a total of $18,024,800 to make critical infrastructure improvements. This funding comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Fiscal Year 2024 Airport Terminal Program. Senator Collins was one of 10 senators to negotiate the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which provided $5 billion in funding for the FAA’s Airport Terminal grant program. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called Senator Collins to inform her of Maine’s awards.

“Maine’s airports are vital pieces of our state’s transportation network that promote job creation and economic development. Throughout our state, airports play a critical role not only in carrying residents and visitors, but also in facilitating medical services for those in rural communities in emergencies when seconds count,” said Senator Collins. “These significant investments will allow airports across Maine to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure, improving the safety and efficiency of their operations, while enhancing passengers’ overall experience.”

Specifically, the funding will be allocated as follows:

  1. Portland International Jetport (PWM) - $10,400,000 to fund the installation of new Passenger Boarding Bridges and fixed bridge extensions from the terminal building, as well as a new concourse, public restroom, adult changing space, pet relief area, and an expansion of the hold room.
  2. Presque Isle International Airport (PQI) - $6,500,000 to fund the construction of a new terminal superstructure and building enclosure to bring the airport into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improve energy efficiency, and expand safety features.
  3. Eastport Municipal Airport (EPM) - $1,124,800 to fund construction of a new terminal to replace the existing building. 

Since 2009, when Senator Collins became a member of the Appropriations Committee, she has secured more than $1 billion in competitive transportation grants for the State of Maine.