Indianapolis airport gets $56.3M federal grant, its largest ever

The Indianapolis Airport Authority received the largest chunk of federal dollars in the nation from a recent round of grant distributions this week.

The $56.3 million grant is also the largest in the airport’s history.

The money comes from the sixth and final round of this year’s Airport Improvement Program from the Federal Aviation Administration, which allocated $431.8 million in grants across the country to support sustainable airport infrastructure.

Indianapolis beat out major hubs like Dallas and Detroit, which each received about $35 million. IAA Executive Director Mario Rodriguez, who sat on President Joe Biden’s Department of Transportation transition team, attributes the sizeable allocation to years of lobbying work.

“D.C. views us as important and they’ve put their money where their mouth is,” he said in an interview with IndyStar Wednesday.