U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $870,763 for Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport in Tompkins County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Specifically, the grant will be used to improve the terminal building, by constructing a new passenger boarding bridge.
“Keeping our airports in top-notch shape is crucial to attracting business and tourism to Tompkins County,” said Senator Schumer. “With this funding, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport will be able to make sure its terminal is brought up to date by building this new passenger bridge, increasing safety for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Tompkins County every day.”
“Investing in infrastructure makes our airports safer and more efficient for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are an important investment that will allow the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport to upgrade its facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance public safety and improve service at airports across New York.”
We appreciate the incredible support that Senator Schumer gave to secure these critical funds, which will allow us to acquire a second jet bridge to increase the speed and safety with which our passengers can embark.” said Mike Hall, Administrator of the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.
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.