Regional airports receive FAA funding

Regional airports receive FAA funding

Four airports in the Rochester metro area are slated to receive a total of $2 million in federal infrastructure grants as part of the $3.18 billion Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program. It is the third allotment of the FAA program.

Genesee County Airport in Batavia will receive $124,767 to reconstruct an apron and remove non-hazardous obstructions, the FAA announced this week. LeRoy Aviation Services Inc., also in Genesee County, will receive $144,875 to conduct an environmental study.

Greater Rochester International Airport will receive $90,000 to conduct an environmental study and $1.5 million to remove hazardous obstructions. In Wayne County, the Williamson-Sodus Airport will receive $141,750 to conduct an environmental study.

“Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement Tuesday.

Airports can receive a certain amount of AIP entitlement funding annually based on activity levels and project needs. In 2018, Genesee County Airport received a total of $2 million for reconstruction work, while Canandaigua Airport received more than $597,000 for an environmental study and to construct a snow removal equipment building.

Greater Rochester International Airport last year received more than $3 million in AIP funding for four separate projects.

The FAA reports that the U.S. has some 3,332 airports and 5,000 paved runways. Civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs, according to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis.

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