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Airport receives $5.7 million grant

Palm Springs International Airport will receive $5.7 million from the Federal Aviation Administration, money it will use to expand and renovate its baggage claim.

The Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that Palm Springs International will receive the grant, which is from the administration’s Bipartisan Infrastructure – Airport Terminal Program, according to statement.

That five-year program is providing $5 billion to airports for terminal upgrades.

Officials with the city-owned airport applied for the grant last winter. Expansion of the baggage claim was expected to begin in two years, but the federal revenue will allow that work to start sooner.

“These funds will help us address the over-capacity issues we are experiencing in our baggage claim,” said Harry Barrett, the airport’s executive director of aviation, in the statement.

“The baggage claim project is one of many projects we are undertaking to address current issues with the terminal as part of our efforts to create a world-class airport for Palm Springs.”

Airport staff and aviation administration officials are working on a funding schedule and hiring a design consultant, according to the statement.

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