Oakland, SFO airports get stimulus dollars

April 9, 2009


Apr. 9--Oakland and San Francisco international airports will each receive $5 million in federal economic stimulus dollars for runway and tarmac improvements, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday.

Oakland International Airport will get $5 million to expand a tarmac area called the East Apron, making it easier for airliners to reach taxiways. The East Apron is used as an overnight parking spot for airliners.

San Francisco International Airport is getting $5.5 million for runway rehabilitation work. A third California airport, Fresno Yosemite International, will get $5 million to rehabilitate a taxiway.

The economic stimulus bill, signed by President Barrack Obama in February, provides $1.1 billion to the Federal Aviation Administration to allocate through competitive grants to boost airport safety, security, and capacity.