U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $720,000 in federal funding for the Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Onondaga County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This federal funding will allow the airport to purchase vital equipment needed for snow removal during the winter months. With these funds, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport will be able to purchase critical snow removal equipment. This will enable Syracuse to keep the airport serviceable during snow periods and aid in the efficiency and safety of operations.
“Making sure our airports are clear for takeoff all-year-round is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning the local economy,” said Senator Schumer. “This much-needed funding will allow the Syracuse Hancock International Airport to purchase equipment to clear runways and keep pilots and travelers safe during the winter months. Ensuring our Central NY airports, which are economic engines, have top-notch resources will always be a priority of mine.”
“This funding will help advance safety operations at Syracuse Hancock International Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Investing in our airport’s infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who rely on it every day. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety that New Yorkers can rely on.”
This funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Airport Improvement Program 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.