September 06, 2011

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Saratoga County Airport Is Set To Receive Nearly $200,000 In Department Of Transportation Funding For Runway, Taxiway Improvements

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Saratoga County Airport is set to receive $199,494 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow the airport to design an apron, where aircraft are parked, boarded and fueled, with improved structural integrity. Also, the funding will allow for the design of a new runway visual guidance system that will make the airport more accessible to pilots by providing improved approaches to the runway ends. Finally, the funding will allow Saratoga County Airport to design a replacement taxiway lighting system. 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 Saratoga County Airport every day,” said Schumer. “With this funding, this airport can make runway and taxiway 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 Saratoga County Airport,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will help upgrade the airport’s runway and taxiway, and provide better, safer service for New Yorkers.”

The funding for Saratoga County 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).