Florida now officially has more annual airline passengers than Texas. This puts Florida at the number two busiest airport in the United States. This is according to info released by Florida Governor Rick Scott. The Bureau of Transportation also released data that agreed with what Governor Scott said. This news should hardly be a surprise. Florida has always been one of the biggest vacation destinations in the country. President Trump has been a big proponent of investing money to improve the infrastructure of the United States. He has already done that where Florida airports are concerned. Trump gave $10.6 million to eight airports in the state of Florida as part of the Airport Improvement Program.
Governor Scott revealed that Florida has spent over $1 billion to improve the airports around the state during the previous six years. This is one of the reasons the number to air travelers has continued to increase in Florida. The state is now capable of handling many more passengers than it ever could before. Only California has busier airports than Florida at the present time. The airports in Florida are a huge part of the state’s economy. In fact, 1.3 million people work at the airports around the state. The Florida airports generate $144 billion on a yearly basis. The four hub airports that Florida boasts are more than any other state.
Governor Scott has said that the airports of the state will continue to be a top priority for his administration because they help to drive Florida’s economy. Therefore, the money that the state is pouring into improving the airports is a worthwhile investment in the long run. There is more that $260 million in Florida’s current budget that will be spent on airport improvements. This is in addition to the money that President Trump gave to the state.
It is important to keep Florida’s airports in good working order because the number of travelers visiting the state will only continue to grow in the future. Therefore, it is crucial that the airports are equipped to meet this demand. Having modern airports with larger runways will allow the airports to accommodate more planes. This means that passengers will experience a much shorter time waiting for their flights to leave. Flight delays are one of the biggest complaints of travelers. Therefore, Governor Scott has said he will do everything in his power to keep these delays to a minimum.