U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $165,600 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). With these funds, the airport will be able to make critical drainage improvements to its service road in order to protect the runway’s access road from deterioration. Specifically, the airport will use these funds to replace 30 feet of drainage pipe that has deteriorated below the roadway surface.
“Keeping our airport runways in top-notch shape is crucial for traveler safety and for attracting business and tourism to the region,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding, the Syracuse Hancock International Airport will be able to make the critical infrastructure and access road upgrades to increase safety and efficiency for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Onondaga County every day.”
“This funding through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration would help support critical infrastructure upgrades to the Syracuse Hancock International Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is a vital economic anchor in the region, and 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.”
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.