U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $509,500 in federal funding for the Plattsburgh International Airport in Clinton 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 rehabilitate 9,058 feet of the existing runway that has reached the end of its useful life. This is the first phase of an 8-phase runway improvement project aimed at increasing the airport’s safety for travelers and residents.
“Making sure our runways are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of our North Country travelers and the smooth functioning the local economy,” said Senator Schumer. “This much-needed funding will allow the Plattsburgh International Airport to make the critical infrastructure and runway upgrades that will increase safety and efficiency for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Clinton County every day.”
“This funding through the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration would help support critical infrastructure upgrades to the Plattsburgh International Airport,” said Senator Gillibrand. “The Plattsburgh 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.