Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Griffiss International Airport is set to receive $5,524,237 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, a $3,945,000 grant will allow Griffiss to start a new phase of the rehabilitation process for the taxiway: resurfacing the runway. The airport will finish the current phase this week, and this funding will allow them to proceed without delay, adding new FAA certification asphalt and new lines to the runway. Another $1,579,237 DOT grant will be used to rehabilitate nose dock hangars 785 and 786. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports.
“This Department of Transportation grant is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Griffiss International Airport every day,” said Schumer. “Whether they fly for business or pleasure, everyone can now look forward to a safer, smoother landing on Griffiss’s new runway. “Moreover, these funds are part of the overall master plan upgrades that I will continue to advocate for on behalf of Griffiss and all of Oneida County.”
“This is a great investment for Griffiss International Airport,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal grants will help improve safety and infrastructure at the airport, and keep more travelers and business on the move in Oneida County to help strengthen our economy.”
The funding for Griffiss International Airport is part of the Airport Improvement Program, administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration. 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).