FAA and DOT play a crucial role at CVG
The FAA approves permits and plans for all airports, including the Amazon project. CVG truly appreciates the partnership with the US Department of Transportation and Secretary Elaine Chao and FAA leadership, including Kirk Shaffer with the FAA Office of Airports, who was present at the groundbreaking.
“In 2018 US certificated air carriers hauled 42.8 billion revenue ton miles of cargo, a 9.1% increase in just one year. This year, 2019, we estimate that increase will be another 5.8% and for the next 20 years on average there should about be a 3.3% increase each and every year. The system is growing and the economy is growing,” detailed Kirk Shaffer, FAA Associate Administrator for Airports, as he addressed the crowd at the Amazon Air Hub groundbreaking event on May 14, 2019.
Amazon Groundbreaking - L to R - Thomas Massie, Sarah Rhoads, Candace McGraw, Kirk Shaffer
The DOT and the FAA provided grant funding for airport infrastructure reinvestment for both passenger and cargo needs at CVG. The Concourse A Ramp Rehabilitation project is an example of this FAA support.