Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $8 Million for the Bishop International Airport

Thursday, June 06, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Gary Peters (D-MI) today announced that the Bishop International Airport will receive $8,056,505 to rehabilitate over 7,000 feet of runway. This funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program.

“This important investment will make traveling to and from Bishop International Airport safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”

“Bishop Airport helps Michiganders connect with travel and business opportunities around the world," said Senator Peters. "Earlier this year, I saw firsthand how Bishop Airport is working to provide safe and efficient travel for hundreds of thousands of travelers each year. I’m pleased that this funding will build on their efforts to support daily operations.”

"This federal grant will provide for critical infrastructure improvements to the airport’s primary runway, including pavement rehabilitation, runway lighting, and signage upgrades. These critical infrastructure improvements to the airport’s primary runway provides a safe, efficient, runway and taxiway system,” said Nino Sapone, Deputy Airport Director for Bishop International Airport. “We appreciate the support from our Congressional Delegation in lobbying on behalf of the Airport in obtaining the federal Airport Improvement Grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). As the entryway for our city and region, we’re excited to have world-class airport amenities and user friendly facilities."

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides more than $3 billion in annual funding for projects that are needed to maintain the safety, security, capacity, and efficiency of the nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation. More information about the Airport Improvement Program can be found at