The Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA) recently received an $18.69M grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program.
ACAA will use the funding to support the construction of a 75,000 square-foot cargo processing facility and an adjacent surface parking lot at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). The Cargo 4 Project will expand air cargo operations at PIT.
“This grant means more cargo at our airport. More cargo means more jobs and investment in our region,” U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA-17) said. “This federal grant shows there is confidence at the highest levels that Pittsburgh is a great place to do business, especially because of all of the hard work done to modernize our airport.”
PIT identified the cargo sector as an opportunity for new business growth. The project will allow PIT to accommodate larger aircraft and new destinations for integrator carriers that require sorting facilities and high volumes of truck access.
“Southwestern Pennsylvania is a growing energy, technology, and manufacturing hub. For that success to continue, it’s essential that the infrastructure needs of the region’s residents, workers, and job creators are met,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) said. “This BUILD grant to fund improvements and a cargo capacity expansion at Pittsburgh International Airport will help in this effort. I appreciate Secretary Chao working with me, my colleagues in the Pennsylvania delegation, and the Allegheny County Airport Authority to get this award across the goal line.”
Separate from the BUILD grant, PIT will expand the taxiway and aircraft apron to serve the new facility.