U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1.5 million in federal funding for Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Specifically, the funding will be used to reconstruct Finger Lakes Regional Airport’s apron.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to safe travel for area residents and in attracting business and tourism to Seneca County and throughout the Finger Lakes,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will allow Finger Lakes Regional Airport to make much-needed improvements to its apron, boosting the safety and operations for those that fly in and out of the airport.”
“This federal funding is great news for Finger Lakes Regional Airport, which will be able to reconstruct its apron to improve safety for travelers flying in and out of Seneca County,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Investing in airport infrastructure helps promote local economic development in our communities, and I will do everything I can to ensure that our airports receive the resources they need to be safe, modern, and efficient.”
This funding is awarded through the AIP and is administered by the FAA. The AIP provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.