January 14, 2015

Cassidy, Vitter Announce More Than $7 Million for Baton Rouge Metro Airport

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and David Vitter announced that the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BRMA) in Louisiana will receive $7,328,254 in federal and state grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The improvements are estimated to create 249 construction jobs and improve the airport’s operations and safety.

“These grants are a win-win. They will create more than 200 jobs in the Baton Rouge area and improve the safety of passengers and workers,” said Senator Cassidy. “A strong infrastructure means more trade, more tourism and more opportunities for Louisiana workers.”

“Our airports connect the Louisiana economy to economic centers across the nation and around the world,” said Senator Vitter. “This support will help improve safety, but also bring jobs and economic benefits to Baton Rouge and throughout the capital area.”

“Senators Vitter and Cassidy were instrumental in securing this funding. Through this support, the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport will be able to make additional enhancements and also bring good jobs to the capital region,” said Baton Rouge Metro Airport Commission Chairman Jared Smith.

BRMA will receive $1,601,318 for a wildlife mitigation project, $2,322,401 for airport perimeter security, $2,009,000 for runway recovery, and $662,709 for an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle. $6,595,428 will come from federal funding and $732,826 will come from state funding.