WORCESTER - The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded a $1 million grant to repave at Worcester Regional Airport.

“The exciting renewal happening at Worcester Airport has not only increased their capacity to offer new flights - it has bolstered economic vitality across Central Massachusetts,” U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern (D-Worcester) said in a press release announcing the grant. “I’m pleased that this grant will help fund essential upkeep as the airport grows, and I’m proud to have a strong partnership with the FAA as we work together to support our local economy.”

The grant will pay to rehabilitate approximately 7,300 square yards of existing apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life, according to the release. The apron is the part of the airport where aircraft park, unload or load.

A representative for Massport, which owns and operates the airport, said this rehabilitation will consist of milling out the top surface of the pavement and inlaying it with new hot mix asphalt.

Massport is investing more than $100 million in Worcester Regional Airport over a 10-year period since taking over ownership in 1999, investment which has helped attract new flights to and from the airport. Last month, JetBlue Airways Corp. - which already flies daily from Worcester to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale in Florida - added daily service to its New York City hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In April, American Airlines Inc., the largest U.S. airline by revenue, announced it will launch daily flights from Worcester to Philadelphia on Oct. 4.

“The investments made at Worcester Regional Airport and the support of the Central Massachusetts’ leadership and community is what makes the continued growth and success at the airport possible,” Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn said in a statement. “We are excited about this award and look forward to providing our customers in Worcester with even more options for travel in the future.”