Van Nuys Airport Receives $763,000 in Federal Infrastructure Fund – Daily News

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  • A plane lands at Van Nuys Airport as Congressman Tony Cárdenas announces $763,000 in improvements to the airport on Wednesday January 26, 2022. This is the first installment of airport infrastructure grants from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Biden signed into law last year. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • People walk to a jet at Van Nuys Airport after Congressman Tony Cárdenas announced $763,000 in improvements to the airport on Wednesday January 26, 2022. This is the first installment of airport infrastructure grants from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that President Biden signed into law last year. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Congressman Tony Cárdenas, along with Stateman Adrin Nazarian, announces $763,000 for Van Nuys Airport improvements on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. This is the first tranche of airport infrastructure grants under the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act that President Biden signed into law last year. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Congressman Tony Cárdenas announces $763,000 in improvements to Van Nuys Airport on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. This is the first installment of airport infrastructure grants under the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act that President Biden signed into law last year. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Congressman Tony Cárdenas, second from left, along with Michael Christensen, Deputy General Manager Airports II, Flora Margheritis, Van Nuys Airport Manager and Adrin Nazarian, announces $763,000 for improvements at Van Nuys Airport on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 . This is the first tranche of airport infrastructure grants under the Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act that President Biden signed into law last year. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Van Nuys Airport will receive $763,000 in federal infrastructure funding to improve facilities and security, as well as upgrade technology, MP Tony Cárdenas announced on Wednesday, January 26.

The grant “will help the nation’s busiest general aviation airport, Van Nuys Airport, continue to serve our communities, boost our local economies and create jobs right here in the heart of the San Fernando Valley,” said Cardenas, a Democrat, whose 29th congressional district includes Van Nuys, said during a news conference Wednesday at the airfield.

“With these funds,” he added, “we will help to not only continue to position California as a global economic powerhouse, but also to be a leader in airport infrastructure.”

Van Nuys Airport, which handles non-commercial flights, had more than 295,000 take-offs and landings in 2021, according to its website.

Cardenas’ office said 167 airports across California will receive more than $294 million under the bipartisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden in November.

Among Los Angeles area airports, LAX is the largest beneficiary of the federal funding with more than $79 million, followed by $7.9 million for Hollywood Burbank Airport, $763,000 for Van Nuys and $295,000 for Pacoima’s Whiteman Airport.

Whiteman is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for safety issues following two accidents in his area in the past two months. Earlier this month, Cárdenas also addressed the airport’s safety record when he sent a letter to the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board asking for a full safety review.

Rep. Adrin Nazarian, whose 46th Assembly District includes the central and southeastern San Fernando Valley, also attended Wednesday’s news conference and hailed the infrastructure funds as “a once-in-a-lifetime investment in our country.”

“As an Assembly Member representing thousands of Van Nuys Airport employees, travelers and neighbors, I am so grateful for this significant investment and applaud the federal bipartisan infrastructure bill,” Nazarian said.

“These investments provide a critical opportunity to make long-overdue improvements that will help California remain competitive on a global scale and improve our communities.”

Michael Christensen, Assistant General Manager at Los Angeles World Airports added, “Los Angeles World Airports is redefining what it means to leverage investments in infrastructure for the traveling public by infusing our airports with modernized facilities, the latest technology and the new invent the highest level of protection and security.

“The bipartisan funding will allow both Los Angeles International Airport and Van Nuys Airport to continue to deliver quality projects while creating high-paying jobs that support two of our region’s most important economic drivers.”

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