The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the city of McAllen $2.6 million in funding from the Airport Improvement Grant to use toward improving the safety and infrastructure of the McAllen Miller International Airport.

“The McAllen International Airport is the gateway to the world for all traveling to and from our city,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling. “With these funds, the city of McAllen will be able to invest in the necessary improvements to keep our airport competitive and modern.”

According to news releases issued Tuesday from the city and the office of U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, the congressman helped secure the funding in Congress to finance repairs for the airport’s terminals.

“With these improvements, more businesses and travelers will continue to take off and land in the 15th District of Texas,” Gonzalez said. “I look forward to seeing our airport and the surrounding communities in Hidalgo County thrive.”

Darling thanked Gonzalez for his efforts, highlighting the impact of having political representation and connections.

“It is important to have great partners in Washington, D.C. who are in tune with our needs,” Darling said.

The city outlined in the release the amount allocated for each project: $1,285,830 to improve drainage and prevent deterioration of taxiway A and runway 14-32; and $720,000 to improve the cooling tower. The McAllen International Airport Passenger Facility Charge program will match 10 percent, an amount equaling $222,870.

The release from Gonzalez’s office said the grant will also go toward “the rehabilitation of heating, ventilation and air condition systems in the terminal building.”