July 29, 2020

Cortez Masto Announces Over $5 Million in Airport Infrastructure Improvement Grants for Five Nevada Airports

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the Department of Transportation for releasing $5,685,703 in grant funding under the Airport Improvement Program to five Nevada airports. The funds will go towards infrastructure improvement projects.

“Nevada’s airports are vital hubs for our communities that support good paying jobs and drive our local economies. The release of these funds will help further ensure Nevada’s transportation hubs have the infrastructure they need to continue to support the economic growth of the Silver State.”


The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grant funding to airports across the country in order to strengthen our nation’s aviation infrastructure. Airports are awarded funding based on their passenger volume and demonstrated project needs. AIP funding was supplemented by funding passed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Senator Cortez Masto voted for.

Senator Cortez Masto provided critical support for the development and passage of the bipartisan 2018 Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Bill, which authorized a total of $96.7 billion in funding for federal aviation infrastructure, safety and research programs over five years.

The grant funds announced today will be awarded as follows:

  • $4,838,133 to Reno-Stead Airport to rehabilitate taxiways. This award includes $2.8 million in discretionary funding announced last week,
  •  $420,000 to Jackpot Airport/Hayden Field in Elko to reconstruct the airport beacon and rehabilitate taxiway lighting.
  • $187,570 to Minden-Tahoe Airport to install weather reporting equipment.
  • $160,000 to Wells Municipal Airport/Harriet Field to expand and reconstruct aprons.
  • $80,00 to Carson City Airport to construct and expand their sand and chemical storage building.