Sinema Meets with Phoenix Sky Harbor, Tucson International Airports to Discuss Arizona Aviation Priorities

Mar 28, 2023

Sinema heard from major Arizona airports about their needs ahead of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema met with officials from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and Tucson International Airport to hear updates on current projects funded by the Senator’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law and to discuss priorities ahead of the approaching Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization. 
“As we discuss the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, I’m ensuring Arizona remains a national leader in aviation technology, innovation, and safety,” said Sinema, a member of the Aviation Subcommittee.
Sinema met with Chad Makovsky, City of Phoenix Aviation Director, and Danette Bewley, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority, as well as other airport officials to discuss working together to secure Arizona priorities in the FAA reauthorization.
The FAA was reauthorized in October 2018 for a five-year period – extending the FAA’s funding and authorities through Fiscal Year 2023. In September of last year, Sinema chaired a subcommittee hearing highlighting opportunities to strengthen aviation safety and operations in Arizona and across America in the upcoming FAA reauthorization.
Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law – sweeping legislation the Senator wrote, negotiated, and led through Congress – includes a historic $25 billion in additional investments for aviation infrastructure. The bipartisan law provides $15 billion for priority projects at every airport in the United States, $5 billion in competitive grants for terminal development and other landside projects, and $5 billion in grants for strengthening Air Traffic Control towers and infrastructure.
Since Sinema’s bipartisan bill was signed into law over $69 million has gone to repairs and upgrades across Arizona airports.
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