Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement after the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) approved a grant of $5,374,830 to Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores for the construction of an air traffic control tower facility.
Congressman Byrne said: “Jack Edwards National Airport serves one of the fastest growing regions of our state, and the funds that the FAA has approved for this much-needed tower willenable the airport to take another step forward in service to its customers and Southwest Alabama’s economy. In years to come, the airport will play an increasingly vital role in the continued development of Baldwin County. I appreciate the FAA approving these funds, and I look forward to continuing to support the airport’s growth.”
Provisions in the CARES Act, passed in March, will increase the FAA’s contributions to this project from 90 percent to 100 percent. Jack Edwards Airport has the second most landings and takeoffs of all airports in Alabama.