Airport Improvement Program


The Airport Improvement Program is a United States federal grant program that provides funds to public use airports to help improve safety and efficiency. Improvement projects relate to runways, taxiways, ramps, lighting, signage, weather stations, NAVAIDs, land acquisition, and some areas of planning. The program is managed by the Federal Aviation Administration.[1]

Funding for the program is provided from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which receives revenue from taxes on airplane tickets sold to the public and a tax on aviation fuel. The federal grant may cover between 75 and 95 percent of the eligible costs, depending on the type of improvement and the size of the airport. Both commercial and general aviation airports are eligible for AIP grants.[2]

Grants awarded for Fiscal Year 2017 totaled $3.332.8 billion.[3]


The program was established under the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982 (Pub.L. 97–248) by combining the Planning Grant Program (PGP) and Airport Development Air Program (ADAP) into a single normally multi-year grant.[4][5] In 1994, the provisions of the Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982 were codified in subchapter I of chapter 471 of title 49, United States Code.

Previous related programs include:

Amendments to 1982 Act

U.S. Congressional amendments to the Airport and Airway Improvement Act.

Date of Enactment Public Law Number U.S. Statute Citation U.S. Legislative Bill U.S. Presidential Administration
December 30, 1987 P.L. 100-223 101 Stat. 1486 H.R. 2310 Ronald W. Reagan
October 31, 1992 P.L. 102-581 106 Stat. 4872 H.R. 6168 George H.W. Bush
August 23, 1994 P.L. 103-305 108 Stat. 1569 H.R. 2739 William J. Clinton

2017 budget

In Fiscal Year 2017 the FAA awarded $802.5 million in grants to 109 large airports and $2.472 billion to 1,613 small airports. An additional $57.6 million was awarded for airport system planning grants to state transportation agencies.[3]


  1. ^ "Airport Improvement Program". Washington, D.C.: U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 2020-02-28.
  2. ^ "Overview: What is AIP?". FAA. 2017-11-15.
  3. ^ a b Airport Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2017 Report to Congress (PDF) (Report). FAA. February 2019. p. 6.
  4. ^ "Airport and Airway Improvement Act of 1982 ~ P.L. 97-248" (PDF). 96 Stat. 671 ~ House Bill 4961. Legis★Works. September 3, 1982. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 5, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "H.R. 4961 ~ Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982". P.L. 97-248 ~ 96 Stat. 324. November 13, 1981.

External links

  • Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "George Bush: "Statement on Signing the Airport and Airway Safety, Capacity, Noise Improvement, and Intermodal Transportation Act of 1992," October 31, 1992". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.
  • Peters, Gerhard; Woolley, John T. "William J. Clinton: "Statement on Signing the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994," August 23, 1994". The American Presidency Project. University of California - Santa Barbara.