Savannah/Hilton Head International awarded millions for cargo operations

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Millions of dollars in grants are on the way for infrastructure improvements at the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airport is receiving $11.6 million through the Airport Improvement Program for cargo operations.

It’s part of a more than $845 million investment benefiting over 380 airports across the country through the Airport Improvement Program.

“There will probably be additional funding as we move forward in the next few fiscal years. Also, you may want to count on some additional funding that may come to the airport as a result of [American Jobs Plan] funding that is coming down the pike,” said FAA Deputy Administrator Brad Mims.

This announcement comes after word from Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock that a $6 million grant, also coming from the DOT, will be given to improve space for planes to park, load and refuel.

Airport officials reportedly expect this area to be operational in 2024.

“This crucial federal investment will keep one of Georgia’s most frequented airports running efficiently and keep Georgia’s beautiful coast accessible to the rest of the state — and country,” Warnock stated.

The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport was down about 60 percent in revenue in 2020 from the previous year, officials say. In recent months, other federal funding has been announced to combat COVID-19 impacts.

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