Ohio State Airport to receive nearly $4 million in federal infrastructure funding

Posted: December 22, 2021

The Ohio State University Airport will receive more than $760,000 annually for the next five years through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Aerial view of the KOSU terminal and airfield from the landside perspective.

Nearly 100 airports across Ohio will benefit from more than $250 million in funding through the new legislation. Airport Infrastructure grant funds can be used toward projects to improve and replace runways, taxiways and airport-owned towers.

At The Ohio State University Airport, the new funding will enable the completion of overdue renovations and safety improvement projects. According to Stephanie Morgan, executive director of the Air Transportation & Aerospace Campus, it also will help the airport recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 and expand its role as a catalyst for economic growth.

“We appreciate the efforts of Congresswoman Joyce Beatty and U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown in spearheading this important legislation,” said Morgan. “The additional support will help ensure The Ohio State University Airport remains one of the best general aviation reliever airports in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, and help build a safer and more sustainable airport while creating jobs and connecting Columbus to the region.”

Operated by the College of Engineering, The Ohio State University Airport is home to interdisciplinary education and research. The airport also supports the central Ohio community by offering engaging outreach opportunities, as well as access to the global marketplace.

Local companies, including Fortune 500 corporations, use the airport as a primary business travel hub. MedFlight critical care helicopters, approximately 200 local aviators and Ohio State Highway Patrol aviation operations also utilize airport facilities.

The Ohio State University opened the new Austin E. Knowlton Executive Terminal and Aviation Learning Center in 2019. The two-story, 29,500-square-foot building is home to flight school classrooms and simulators, a student flight hub, private aviation services, administration offices and meeting rooms. Large windows overlook the airfield, providing an observation deck that is especially popular among children in the community.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has given us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build safer and more sustainable airports that connect individuals to jobs and communities to the world,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “With this new funding, urban, regional and rural airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America.”