WASHINGTON – Lead Appropriations Committee Republican Kay Granger (R-TX) released the following statement after the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will receive $31 million for construction of an ‘end-around’ taxiway. The grant is part of the historic $180 million commitment made by the FAA to DFW International Airport in 2018 through the Airport Improvement Program. 

“In 2018, I joined then-Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to help announce $180 million in FAA grants to DFW International Airport. Now, we can look forward to a $31 million installment of that grant to support progress in constructing the second of two ‘end-around’ taxiways, which allow aircraft to taxi around the end of a runway instead of crossing it. By allowing the runways to be actual runways instead of traffic intersections, these taxiways create a safer, more efficient system that can support an increased amount of air travel. 

“As our metroplex has seen, airports are engines of economic growth: DFW International Airport has opened doors for the world’s leading companies to participate in our region’s economy, among the fastest-growing in America. 

“Last year, DFW International Airport became the busiest airport in the world. With the hub driving national and international transport and commerce from our backyard—operating the most takeoffs and landings around the globe— these improvements are a win not just for our metroplex, but American aviation overall.”