The Lafayette Regional Airport will soon receive federal dollars make safety upgrades to its runway system.

U.S. Senator David Vitter today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $7 million in federal grant funding to improve Paul Fournet Field in Lafayette.

“Folks in Louisiana and across the country rely on our airports to connect them to their family, friends, and jobs – not to mention the constant flow of business, goods, and products," Vitter said. "This funding will improve travel safety and operations."

Vitter said Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles will also receive $7 million in federal grants to rehabilitate its runway.

The FAA provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports through the Airport Improvement Program. Vitter has previously urged FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to support adequate funding for Louisiana’s airspace facilities.