Schumer, Gillibrand announce $1.1 million grant for Greater Binghamton Airport

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Schumer, Gillibrand announce $1.1 million grant for Greater Binghamton Airport

September 17, 2013 Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) New York Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday announced that Greater Binghamton Airport is set to receive a $1,134,153 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to rehabilitate the west apron at the airport.

According to a news release issued Tuesday:

The west apron at Greater Binghamton is separate from the runways and taxiways and is where aircraft are loaded and unloaded, boarded, parked and refueled.

“I’m pleased to add this million dollar grant to the list of ‘arrivals’ at Greater Binghamton,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal grant will help Greater Binghamton Airport upgrade its aircraft staging areas, thereby increasing their efficiency and ability to turn around flights even faster, to serve more residents, businesses and visitors each day.”

“This is an important investment for the Greater Binghamton Airport,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Investments like this in our transportation infrastructure is one of the fastest, most effective ways to strengthen our economy. Updating the runway apron can help provide better, safer service for travelers and business, keep more flights on the move through the Southern Tier, and help strengthen the local economy.”

The funding for Greater Binghamton 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.