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Federal Dept. of Transportation Grant Will Be Used to Fund Critical Airport Upgrades 

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $2,598,008 in federal funding for the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Program. Specifically, the funding will be used to construct a taxiway and rehabilitate an apron, the area of an airport where an aircraft parks.

“Our airports are vital in attracting business and tourism to the region and we must keep them in top-notch shape,” said Senator Schumer. “These federal funds will allow the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport to make critical infrastructure upgrades that will enable safer, more efficient service for the passengers and pilots who fly in and out every day.”

“Investing in our airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These funds through the Department of Transportation are a major investment for the Elmira/Corning Regional Airport to renovate and upgrade their facilities. I will continue to push for resources that enhance efficiency and public safety at our airports.”

This funding is awarded through the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and is administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). 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). Funds obligated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes, and other similar revenue sources.