FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 16, 2011
SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE WATERTOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SET TO RECEIVE OVER $2 MILLION IN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR TAXIWAY REHABILITATION
DOT Funding Will Be Used to Rehabilitate Taxiway at Watertown International, Improve Passenger and Pilot Safety
This Is An Important Step Towards Making Air Travel Safer for All New Yorkers
Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that Watertown International Airport is set to receive $ 2,146,687 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Watertown International Airport to rehabilitate Taxiway B South, which will ensure safe airfield operations at the airport. 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 Watertown International Airport every day,” said Schumer. “With this funding, these airports 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 Watertown International," Senator Gillibrand said. "These federal dollars will help upgrade the airport's taxiway, and provide better, safer service for travelers."
The funding for Watertown 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).