Arlington’s airport is now the 14th national airport in Texas and the 107th in the entire United States.
Arlington’s municipal airport has been designated a national airport. The new recognition which was announced at the start of the month will see $59 million fun new developments over the next five years.
“The designation of National Airport in the NPIAS validates the current operational climate and based aircraft tenants utilizing the vast services provided at Arlington Municipal Airport. Obtaining the designation increases the amount of formula funding earmarked in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 for our airport and enhances our project competitiveness for additional federal funding,” said Airport Manager Trent Ballard according to the release.
Arlington Municipal Airport is now one of 14 National Airports in Texas and one of 107 National Airports in the United States. Despite the designation change, however, the city has said that the airport’s name will remain Arlington Municipal Airport.
Several development projects have been completed over the last four years including a 37,000-square-foot hangar for corporate aircraft as well as a 13,875-square-foot, purpose-built training facility to streamline training at ATP, the nation’s largest flight school.
The airport also received a $540,000 federal grant this summer as part of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law which will fund terminal improvements.
The release mentioned that the estimated $59 million will see aircraft parking apron expansion, an additional executive box hangar complex, and a master plan update.
City of Arlington Mayor Jim Ross teased “our little regional airport isn’t so little anymore.”
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