The capital needs of airports across the country are expected to grow significantly during the next five years, the Federal Aviation Administration warned in a report issued yesterday.

The National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems, a biennial report compiled by the FAA and presented to Congress this week, estimates there will be $49.7 billion of federal airport improvement grant-eligible infrastructure development over the next five years - an increase of 21% or $8.5 billion over the report issued two years ago. At the same time, funding for the airport improvement program has largely flattened out between about $3.5 billion and $3.9 billion in the past few years.

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