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On August 28th U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy announced Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) has received a $1,031,228 federal investment to update the airport’s Master Plan. The grant, disbursed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will be used to produce a new Master Plan, which is an FAA requirement that allows the airport to refine its plan to improve and expand facilities, increase domestic and international flights, and enhance the overall passenger experience.
“I’m pleased to announce another federal investment into Orlando Sanford International Airport, which will help it continue to grow in a smart and effective way,” said Murphy. “We are proud to have SFB in Seminole County, and it’s been my pleasure to announce more than $10 million in federal investments into the airport in the last year alone. I will continue doing everything I can to support this important part of our community’s transportation infrastructure.”
In July 2018, Murphy announced $4.2 million to improve operations, expand capacity, and enhance the passenger experience at SFB. In addition, Murphy also announced a $5.6 million federal investment in September 2017 for SFB to widen a main taxiway at the airport, which is one component of a major expansion project that is expected to be completed in 2020 and will include the addition of four new gates. Altogether, Murphy has announced more than $10 million in federal investments in SFB over the last year alone.
SFB is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country. The number of passengers annually using the airport has nearly doubled in recent years—from just under 1.58 million in 2011 to a projected 3 million this year—and is expected to increase further in the coming years. Already, SFB is the fifth busiest airport in Florida and the 29th busiest airport in the entire country.
SFB is also a major economic driver for central Florida. The airport employs over 23,000 people with a regional economic impact of more than $3 billion.