July 05, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Plattsburgh International Airport Set To Receive Over $1.4 Million In Department Of Transportation Funding For Runway Rehabilitation

DOT Funding Will Be Used to Rehabilitate Runway Lighting System at Plattsburgh International Airport, Improve Passenger and Pilot Safety

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Plattsburgh International Airport is set to receive $1,425,000 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will be used to replace the incandescent lights with LED lights along the edge of taxiway Alpha. The existing system is over 30 years old and this rehabilitation will enhance safe airfield operations. Schumer and Gillibrand applaud DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports.

"This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Plattsburgh International Airport every day,” said Schumer. “With this funding, the airport can make renovations that will ensure passenger safety and the smooth operation of the facility. I will continue to fight for funds like these that promote safety at all New York airports.”

“This is an important investment for Plattsburgh International,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will help fund critical infrastructure upgrades to improve the airport and provide better service for travelers.”

The funding for Plattsburgh International Airport is part of the Airport Improvement Program, administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration. 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).