WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) today announced two Louisiana airports will receive $7,700,000 in funding from his bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for upgrades to their passenger boarding bridges. The Baton Rouge Airport will receive $5,200,000 and the Lake Charles Regional Airport will receive $2,500,000. This amount is in addition to Louisiana’s annual funding under the Airport Improvement Program because of the IIJA.
“Our airports are the first impression we make on potential investors looking to do business in Louisiana,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Improving our airports allows our states to be competitive and create new opportunities in our communities. This is just another piece of funding for Louisiana we secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill with much more to come.”
This additional funding only accounts for fiscal year 2022. Louisiana can expect to receive similar funding for airport infrastructure from Cassidy’s infrastructure bill over the next four years. Both airports will use the funding to replace multiple passenger boarding bridges to enhance disability access, safety, and efficiency.
In December, Cassidy announced Louisiana’s airports will receive more than $35 million in funding for fiscal year 2022 due to the IIJA.