Governor Scott Invests $325 Million for Aviation Improvements in His Record “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” For Transportation

Aviation industry plays an important role in our state’s economy

Today, Governor Rick Scott announced at the Florida Airports Council Meeting that his FY 2014-2015 budget includes $325 million for aviation improvements. Overall, the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” invests a record $8.8 billion in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to make strategic transportation improvements throughout the state.

Governor Scott said, “This year, our ‘It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget,’ invests in transportation projects to further strengthen our world-class transportation system and enable Florida to be a global hub for trade and commerce. These improvements will create more jobs and opportunities for Florida families, and because aviation is a vital industry in Florida I am recommending nearly $325 million for aviation improvements.”

Florida Airports Council (FAC) Executive Director Bill Johnson said, “On behalf of all the airports in Florida, we greatly appreciate the increase in funding proposed by Governor Scott. Airports in Florida handle more than 143 million passengers each year, including 28 million international passengers. An investment in airports is an investment in Florida’s future.”

Because of Governor Scott’s investment in aviation, FDOT will be able to help fund many significant aviation projects in Florida.

FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, “Aviation is a key component in Florida’s ability to create a world-class transportation system. Governor Scott’s investment not only strengthens our infrastructure but enhances Florida’s economy for years to come.”

Some of the major airport grant projects are:

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

  • Funding $15.9 million for runway improvements – extends and expands Runway 9R/27L to 9,000 feet by 200 feet – improves existing and future runway capacity, and reduces airline arrival and departure delays

Miami International Airport

  • Funding $7.4 million to upgrade concourse at Miami International Airport in Miami-Dade County – provides increased terminal accommodations for the movement of people and to promote economic prosperity

Some of the major airport development projects are:

Pensacola International Airport

  • Funding $14 million in airport expansion projects to support the establishment of ST Aerospace, a major maintenance, repair and overhaul service provider
  • Services large aircraft such as Boeing
  • 300 new jobs over the next few years

Melbourne International Airport

  • Investing $36.1 million into Embraer Aircraft’s new manufacturing facility over the next two years
  • Manufacturer of L450 and L500 corporate jets
  • This project will bring 600 new jobs at an average salary of $55,000, and $15 million in additional capital investments

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Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González said, “I applaud Governor Scott’s FDOT Aviation Grant Program budget proposal, which would double the State’s investment in the vital aviation infrastructure that underpins our tourism and trade sectors. Last year Miami International Airport benefitted from $20 million in FDOT Aviation grants, and we will continue to work closely with our State partners to advance this critical industry.”

Tampa International Airport Chief Executive Officer Joseph Lopano said, “I applaud Gov. Scott for his continued commitment to growing trade and tourism in Florida. Investment in airport infrastructure is essential for that growth. About half of our state’s visitors arrive by air. We need to make sure we have the facilities to accommodate them, especially as we work toward meeting the governor’s goal of serving more than 100 million visitors each year. Beyond providing access to our beaches and tourist attractions, great airports help recruit businesses to Florida. They also support jobs for our residents. More than 7,500 people work at Tampa International Airport alone, and that number will grow as we grow. In the short term, we expect construction on airport improvements over the next four years to create more than 9,000 jobs.”

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Chairman Frank Kruppenbacher said, “The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) greatly appreciates and supports Governor Rick Scott’s proposed additional funding for Florida’s airports. The additional investment by the State of Florida into Florida airports will yield economic benefits in support of both the business and leisure sectors of our economy by stimulating revenues and job growth. Florida’s airports are an important conduit to our state to serve residents as well as national and international travelers.”

Pensacola International Airport Director Greg Donovan, A.A.E. said, “The successes of growing the aerospace industry in Northwest Florida and providing superior operating environments for aviation related development depends on airport infrastructure. Governor Scott has provided an extraordinary level of forward looking leadership in his proposed FY15 budget by dramatically increasing investments into our state’s airport system. With this support, airports will not only maintain existing capabilities but will improve airport components such as runways and cargo aprons to facilitate new business. At Pensacola International Airport, recent recruitment of a world-leading MRO company, development of an air cargo center, and expansion of aircraft aprons would not be possible without FDOT financial support.

In the coming years, hundreds of additional jobs and partnership with many new companies are now possible due to Governor Scott’s strong support of transportation. Pensacola International Airport serves as the state’s gateway for over 1.5 million passengers every year while providing an annual economic impact of over $565 million. We are extremely grateful to Governor Scott for his support of aviation and for allowing us to improve air service in our communities.”

Lee County Port Authority Executive Director Bob Ball, A.A.E. said, “We appreciate Governor Scott’s efforts to fund current and future aviation capital projects, such as the I-75 Direct Connect and the new Air Traffic Control Tower at Southwest Florida International Airport. This investment in our future enhances airport infrastructure and creates jobs for our region.”

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport President & CEO Fredrick Piccolo said, “This action by Governor Scott demonstrates his keen understanding of the need to keep Florida’s airport infrastructure in a position to compete in the global economy. Florida airports have an annual economic impact of $115 billion dollars and support 1.2 million jobs statewide. We are thankful that the Governor recognizes the critical importance aviation plays in growing the state’s economy.”


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