Tester Secures $2 Million for Billings Logan International Airport
Grant to fund terminal expansion, improvement
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today he has secured $2 million for Billings Logan International’s ongoing project to expand and upgrade its airport terminal.
The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, and comes on the heels of more than $1 million Tester delivered to the project in July.
“Montana is a growing state, and our infrastructure needs to grow with it,” Tester said. “This grant, and the terminal improvements it funds, will make air travel in Yellowstone County safer, easier, and more reliable, and will help keep Montanans traveling for business or pleasure better connected with the rest of the country.”
As a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Tester recently secured millions for airports and Amtrak through the 2020 Transportation and Housing & Urban Development Appropriations bill, including the critical Airport Improvement Program which has delivered more than $30 million to Montana airports this year alone.
"Notice of the additional $2,000,000 Airport Improvement Program grant from Senator Tester's office for the new Terminal construction project is fantastic news and timely," said Billings Logan International Airport's Director Kevin Ploehn. "With the ground breaking ceremony for the construction project just yesterday, these grant funds are very welcomed. We appreciate Senator Tester's efforts in helping to ensure that the transportation needs of Montana are being met."
Tester also secured Essential Air Service funding in the February budget bill, and he is pushing members on both sides of the aisle to pass a comprehensive infrastructure package to repair roads, invest in air travel, and improve access to broadband in Montana.