Authorizes the use of airport improvement funds apportioned to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico for any of their public airports.
Authorizes the use of the supplemental apportionment of airport improvement funds for Alaska for any of its public airports.
Repeals a certain limitation on the apportionment of airport improvement funds for commercial airports in Alaska. Revises the amount of certain funds apportioned to the discretionary and small airport funds.
Authorizes the Secretary to distribute a certain percentage of funds from the small airport fund for grants for projects at small hub airports.
Declares that an airport development project shall remain eligible for funding from the discretionary fund (subject to the availability of funds) even though the status of the airport project changes from a primary airport to a non-primary airport.
Revises, for purposes of grant eligibility for airport development funds, the definition of "public-use airport" to include a privately- owned airport that, as a reliever airport, received federal aid for airport development before October 9, 1996, but only if the Administrator of the FAA issues revised administrative guidance after July 1, 1998, for the designation of reliever airports.
Repeals the eligibility of reliever airports for the issuance of a letter of intent to obligate airport development funds.
Prohibits the collection of a passenger facility fee from a passenger:
(1) in Alaska aboard an aircraft having a seating capacity of less than 20 passengers; and
(2) on flights, including flight segments, between two or more points in Hawaii. Permits certain regulations promulgated by the Secretary to authorize a public agency to request waiver of a passenger facility fee for:
(1) any class of domestic or foreign air carriers that enplane not more than a specified of the total number of passengers enplaned annually at a airport; or
(2) passengers enplaned on a flight to an airport with scheduled passenger service but fewer than 2,500 passenger boardings each year, or in a community with a population of less than 10,000 and not connected by land to the National Highway SYSTEM. Grants priority (except for requests from another Federal agency or instrumentality) to a request by a public agency for surplus property for use at a public airport.
Requires the apportionment of not less than $650,000 (currently, $500,000) nor more than $22 million of airport improvement funds to an airport sponsor for a primary airport for each fiscal year.
Increases the apportionment of airport improvement funds to sponsors of cargo-only airports.
Authorizes the Secretary to apportion to an airport sponsor in a fiscal year airport improvement funds equal to that amount apportioned to such sponsor in the previous fiscal year if the Secretary makes specified determinations related to temporary air service interruptions.
Declares that the Secretary may permit the use of State highway specifications for airfield pavement construction using airport development funds at non-primary airports with runways of 5,000 feet or shorter serving aircraft that do not exceed 60,000 pounds, if the Secretary determines that:
(1) safety will not be negatively affected; and
(2) the life of the pavement will not be shorter than it would be if constructed using FAA standards.
Prohibits an airport from seeking airport development funds for runway rehabilitation or reconstruction of any such airfield pavement constructed using State highway specifications for a period of ten years after construction is completed.
Declares that the airport improvement program should encourage, among other things, activities related to the use of integrated in- pavement lighting systems for airport runways and taxiways and other runway and taxiway incursion prevention devices.
Makes such activities eligible for funding under the airport improvement program.