Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand, Tonko Announce Over $1 Million for Albany International Airport

Aug 1, 2013

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul Tonko today announced $1,080,000 in federal funding is being awarded to the Albany International Airport to rehabilitate the airfield service roads located in the northwest and southwest portions of the airport. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program.

“I am pleased to add this million dollar grant to the list of ‘arrivals’ at Albany International Airport,” said Senator Schumer. “The funding will help Albany International airport improve important service roads, increase efficiency, and better serve passengers flying in and out of the Capital Region.”

“This is an important investment for the Albany International Airport and the Capital Region,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Improving the airport’s infrastructure can help provide better, safer service for travelers and business, and help strengthen the local economy.”

“Albany International is a tremendous driver of our local economy, and by providing the Albany County Airport Authority the resources it needs to improve its operations, we can ensure that the facility will continue to grow and service more business and leisure travelers each year,” said Congressman Paul D. Tonko. “We owe a great deal of thanks to John O’Donnell and the Albany Airport Authority for their work to secure this funding for our community.”

“The Airport’s perimeter roadway is the essential to security of the Airport and the efficient operation of airline and airport vehicles and our fleet of fueling tankers,” said  John A. O’Donnell, CEO of the Albany County Airport Authority.  “This grant will help ensure that the roadway is maintained in a safe and operable condition.”

The federal funding for Albany International Airport will specifically be used to rehabilitate airfield service roads located in the northwest and southwest portions of the airport to ensure safety and that the airport operates at its highest efficiency.