LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville International Airport is getting a federal grant that will go toward improvements and future growth.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $11.2 million to the airport as part of the FAA's Airport Improvement Program.

Chao said the grant will fund multiple projects that will maintain safe and efficient operations at the airport and create room for future growth. Some of the planned improvements include runway and taxiway repairs and additional lighting. 

The statement says Louisville International Airport serviced more than 1.6 million passengers last year.

On Friday afternoon, Kentucky U.S. Representative John Yarmuth released a statement praising the decision to steer the grant money to airport, but added that it isn't enough.

"It is great to see such a strong federal investment in Louisville International Airport, and I remain impressed by the continued enhancements and upgrades being made there. But we also have a massive list of unmet infrastructure needs here in Louisville and across the country, and we need the President and Congress to tackle that challenge head on. I am committed to making major investments in our roads, bridges, air travel, and other needs, and I continue my call for Congress and the White House to work together on a major, bipartisan infrastructure initiative that will create good-paying jobs, generate economic growth, and keep us competitive in the global market."

Karen Scott, Interim Executive Director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, saidLouisville is a crucial part of the nation’s air transportation network and they are grateful for the funding.

“Louisville International is ranked third in North America for our cargo activity and seventh in the world, so it is a critical link,” she said.

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