Group faults FAA for funding low-priority airports

10/7/2009 | Wall Street Journal, The

A watchdog group says the FAA awarded some $272 million in stimulus funds to airport projects that failed to achieve priority status on the agency's own scale. According to the Subsidyscope report, many airports received funds despite scoring below 62 on the FAA's 100-point priority scale, which takes into account such factors as an airport's size and a project's effect on system capacity. But an FAA spokeswoman said safety and security issues could trump an airport's otherwise low priority score. "Just because something came in under [62] doesn't mean it's disqualified," she said.

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