Orlando Sanford International Airport awarded $5.6 million federal grant for improvements


The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $5.6 million grant to Orlando Sanford International Airport to help with expansions.

The funds are necessary to help keep up with the growing number of passengers at the airport, which has doubled in recent year, according to a press release from U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy's office.

The expansion will include widening the taxiway leading to the airport and the addition of four new gates. The project is set to be completed by 2020.

"This airport has been one of the nation’s best-kept secrets, and the secret is getting out," said Murphy, who serves Florida's Seventh District and is a member of the Congressional Travel and Tourism Caucus. "The expansion of Orlando Sanford will strengthen central Florida’s economy by making traveling and doing business in our region easier and more convenient."

In 2011, the airport had just under 1.58 million passengers, this year 3 million people are expected to fly and out of OSIA.