Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $6,663,421 in federal funding for Syracuse Hancock 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 rehabilitate Syracuse Hancock International Airport’s taxiway.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to safe travel for area residents and in attracting business and tourism to Syracuse and throughout Central New York,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will allow Syracuse Hancock International Airport to make much-needed improvements to its taxiway, boosting the safety and operations for those that fly in and out of the airport.”
“This federal funding is great news for Syracuse Hancock International Airport, which will be able to rehabilitate its taxiway to improve safety for travelers flying in and out of Onondaga County,” 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.”
“The FAA has made runway safety, and the elimination of any potential hot spots, one of its highest priorities. Receiving a discretionary grant such as this will allow SYR airport to further enhance its already stellar reputation for safe and efficient runway operations,” said Jason Terreri, Executive Director of Syracuse Hancock International Airport.
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.