Wexton Announces $23.6M for Loudoun Airports

Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) on Friday announced $24.7 million in annual funding for airports in the 10th District, including $23.6 million in Loudoun.

The money comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the bulk of which in the 10th District goes to Dulles Airport which is set to get $22,844,908. Leesburg Executive Airport will get $763,000.

“Our airports are key drivers of the local economy and support jobs for thousands of Virginians across the Commonwealth,” Wexton stated. “I’m proud that this new federal funding will make it possible for local airports to make operational upgrades, renovations, and safety improvements, and I look forward to seeing the ways that this historic investment benefits our region.”

These airports are expected to receive similar funding for the next five years, varying depending on annual enplanement totals. Airports can also compete with other airports across the country for grants from an additional $5 billion for terminal and landside improvements.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act included $15 billion in funding to help redevelop airports across the country, including improvements to runways and taxiways, terminal development, and noise prevention. The law also includes an additional $5 billion nationally for FAA towers and facilities funding, which the FAA will distribute among airports in need.

Elsewhere in the district, Manassas Regional Airport will get $763,000, and Winchester Regional Airport will get $295,000.

4 thoughts on “Wexton Announces $23.6M for Loudoun Airports

  • 2021-12-17 at 3:07 pm

    If Dulles is such a driver of the local economy, why does it need constant taxpayer subsidies, while local airports get peanuts?

    Welp’ It’s not our problem. We’re sticking it on the bar tab for our grand kids to pay.

  • 2021-12-17 at 8:00 pm

    Why is Wexton announcing this? Seems like an election is nearing and name recognition is going to be important to her. After all, she has done nothing for the 10th in 3 years.

  • 2021-12-19 at 1:42 pm

    The USA is in a real pickle. Debt to GDP one of the worst in the world (13th worst out of ~ 190 countries). Many past administrations, and congress we have to thank for that. In recent times, Reagan increase of 186% of total national debt was one of the worst, W. Bush 101%, Obama 74%. Trump has second highest total debt increase at 8.2 Trillion. The news only gets worse, when it comes to congress and presidents investing in our nations infrastructure to be one of the worst in the world as well. Our nation is only spending about one-half of one percent of its GDP toward improving our infrastructure. If we don’t invest in our future, then what? Spend more or spend less, either way is a losing deal for us. Want less to go toward welfare spending or similar entitlement? How about companies like Walmart start paying their employees enough so their children are not receiving taxpayer benefits? There are thousands of Amazon workers receiving food stamps. History tells us that both Republican and Democrat leaders have let us down.

  • 2021-12-20 at 11:30 am

    No society has ever taxed or borrowed its way into prosperity. Airports should be charging their patrons (airlines and passengers) fees sufficient to cover the operational and capital expenses of the business. What we see here is nothing but a direct subsidy to airlines and passengers. Why is any portion of my tax money going to subsidize the air travel of anyone else?

    Think of all the taxes and fees already imposed upon a simple airline ticket. Why isn’t this “infrastructure assessment” added into the cost of every takeoff and landing cycle or added to the purchase price of every passenger ticket that passes through Dulles?

    I’m tired of subsidizing everyone else in the country. Perhaps we should rethink the way we through other people’s money around.

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