Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) and Mike Honda (D-Campbell) announced today that the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport will receive up to $7 million in construction funding for runway related improvements through a U.S. Department of Transportation grant. The grant will fund the fifth phase of an ongoing $55 million construction project begun in 2009 improving the airport's general aviation taxiway running parallel to Runway 11/29.
"By expanding the airport's offerings through improved general aviation capabilities, more business travelers will choose Mineta San Jose International as the gateway to the Valley," said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. "This will be especially important as we look to the future when the Silicon Valley patent office is opened, bringing an influx of visitors whose travel will boost local businesses and create jobs in our community."
"Mineta San Jose International Airport is Silicon Valley's airport, and these continued improvements reflect Silicon Valley's spirit of innovation," said Congressman Mike Honda. "The founding for the fourth phase of the airport improvement project will ensure that as our region grows, the Mineta San Jose International Airport be able to match and support that growth, allowing easy access for domestic and international business travelers and tourists and boosting the local economy."
Both Reps. Lofgren and Honda have been strong supporters of the improvement project and instrumental in securing funding for the construction. The grant funding is provided through the Airport Improvement Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration, which supports the nation's airport infrastructure by providing grants for capital improvements.