10.26.06

Schumer: Jamestown Airport To Receive $2 Million

Money will be used to improve Runway Safety Areas that are not up to current FAA standardsUS Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the US Department of Transportation has awarded $2,067,000 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants to the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport for improving its runway safety area.

Safe and dependable air service is a critical engine of Western New York's continued economic growth, said Schumer. This funding will allow Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport to acquire new technology needed to make the necessary improvements to meet today's modern aviation demands.

Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport will use the grant to improve the runway safety areas that do not comply with current FAA requirements and bring them in compliance with current standards.

In June of last year Schumer pushed through the Senate an amendment he cosponsored that would protect the Essential Air Service (EAS) program that subsidizes service at small airports and could provide cities, including Jamestown, better air service, including flights to Albany. The amendment kept in place an increase of $63 million for the program while eliminating FAA rules that hurt New York cities, like a limit on the number of cities per state that can use Essential Air Service.



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