Hoeven Announces $7 Million Grant for Williston Basin International Airport

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, a member of the Senate Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a grant of $7 million for the construction of taxiway and other general aviation needs at the new Williston Basin International Airport. 

“Providing western North Dakota with much needed infrastructure supports growth and expansion,” said Hoeven. “We’ve been working to secure funding for this new airport and the potential it brings, growing communities and meeting economic demands for years to come. Today’s funding will help continue to advance this important project.” 

Hoeven has secured strong funding for the new Williston Basin International Airport to provide much needed support for the area’s transportation, shipping and aviation demands. Through his work on the Senate THUD Subcommittee, Hoeven has included a provision in annual funding legislation in recent years to ensure airports, like Sloulin Field International, can relocate when their current locations do not allow for expansion. Hoeven’s provision has helped to fast-track funding for the project, having secured $104 million of the federal government’s share of the cost for the new Williston airport. Additionally, the senator secured a commitment from Customs and Border Protection to designate the new Williston Airport as an international airport, saving the airport more than $161,000 per year in future operating expenses.