U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,700,161 in federal funding for the Greater Rochester International Airport. 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 build a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting training facility.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to safe travel for area residents and in attracting business and tourism to Rochester and throughout the region,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal investment will allow the Greater Rochester International Airport to fund the construction of a new aircraft rescue and fire fighting training facility, boosting the safety and operations for those that fly in and out of the airport.”
“This federal funding is great news for the Greater Rochester International Airport, which will be able to build a new aircraft rescue and firefighting training facility to help enhance the safety for people flying in and out of Rochester,” 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.