Congressman Cohen Announces $6 Million Airport Grant

November 22, 2019
Press Release
Funding for de-icing pads

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, today announced a $6 million Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant to Memphis International Airport underwriting construction of de-icing pads and related facilities. 

The airport is nearing completion of the first construction phase of 12 de-icing pads. The next phase is expected to begin next year and be completed in 2022. Snow and ice on aircraft wings can affect airflow during takeoff so it must be removed. The centralized de-icing facility will eventually replace de-icing done at various locations on the airport property. It will also segregate de-icing-affected water from the storm drainage system. 

Congressman Cohen made the following statement: 

“This is an important investment and upgrade for the Memphis airport, assuring safety for the flying public. It will also provide good jobs. This grant is good for Memphis.” 

The Memphis International Airport has received $36.8 million in federal grants so far this calendar year.