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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2007

Schumer, Clinton Announce Over $1.2 Million For Erie County Airports

Federal Money Will be Used for Buffalo-Lancaster Airport, Buffalo Airfield and Akron Airport Improvements

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the US Department of Transportation has awarded three grants amounting to $1,223,927 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funds for airports in Erie County. The Lancaster Airport, Inc. will receive $1,053,024 for Buffalo-Lancaster Airport, to be used to acquire land for development and construct taxiway. The Buffalo Airfield, Inc. will receive $123,744 for Buffalo Airfield runway and taxi rehabilitation.  The Christian Airmen’s Fellowship will receive $47,159 for Akron Airport to build a new apron.

 
“This is great news for Buffalo and Western New York," said Schumer. "The Buffalo-Lancaster Airport, the Buffalo Airfield and the Akron Airport are important general aviation facilities in this region.   It is critical that we continue to provide the funds necessary to keep these airports safe and efficient.  With so many local aviators, tourists and businesspeople using these airports as a base of operation, they remain a key component of economic growth in the region.”


“This is welcome news for Erie County,” said Senator Clinton.  “These are important investments in our local airport infrastructure and in the local economy.  Air service to and from the region is critical to its continued growth, encouraging business travelers and tourists alike to visit and invest locally.  I am pleased that we can continue to support them in this way.”

The Lancaster Airport, Inc. will use the $1,053,024 to construct a partial parallel taxiway to Runway 8/26 and increase land commitment credit.  The partial parallel taxiway will eliminate back taxing on the west end of the runway and enhance overall airfield safety.  The Buffalo Airfield, Inc. will use the $123,744 for the engineering design to rehabilitate Runway 6/24 and parallel taxiway edge lighting system, which has become outdated.  The Christian Airmen’s Fellowship will use the $47,159 for the engineering design to construct an aircraft parking apron to provide a reliable all-weather surface to park transit aircraft.

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