LAS CRUCES, NM – The Las Cruces, New Mexico City Council unanimously adopted a resolution authorizing local officials to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fund a development project at the city’s airport.
According to the City Council, the agreement would approve a five percent cash match commitment, up to $440,000, for the grant award for the Las Cruces International Airport terminal development project, with a deadline to submit the $8,360,000 grant application on Monday, October 24, 2022.
The city will be notified in January if it has been awarded the FAA grant. Las Cruces International Airport wants to apply to the FAA to develop a terminal building that would provide services to intrastate and interstate customers for passenger air service, as well as charters and private aircraft.
Last September 22, 2022, the FAA unveiled the second round of Airport Terminal and Tower Program funding opportunities through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to provide $1 billion per year over the next five years to develop airport terminals and airport-owned control towers.
This funding would allow Las Cruces Airport to develop an air transportation terminal complete with the control component required by the Transportation Security Administration.
In addition, the project includes the renovation of the airport building at 8960 Zia Boulevard and the construction of a TSA screening building, which will provide areas for ticketing, baggage, TSA screening, rental cars, administrative offices and expanded parking.