Making Room For More Aircraft

By Kelly McCarthy

October 3, 2012 Updated Oct 3, 2012 at 6:25 PM EDT

Town of Maine, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Greater Binghamton Airport starts construction on a project that will bring in more company and personal aircraft.

They plan to knock down the existing T-Hangars and build two new structures that can hold five more planes.

"We're at 100 percent capacity, so the time is right to expand and be able to bring more aircraft into our market, and that better serves our community because we have aircraft owners who are simply unable to get into these T-Hangars," said Broome County Commissioner of Aviation Carl Beardsley.

The current ones are more than 30 years old.

The T-Hangars are for corporate travel, flight schools, and smaller personal aircraft that make up general aviation.

"General Aviation is extremely important to this airport, in fact, 60 percent of all aircraft operations going in and out of Binghamton are General Aviation-oriented," said Beardsley.

The Project is expected to cost $745,000.

$600,000 of that is funded by a NYS Grant, the rest will come from airport-generated funds.

Beardsley says the construction should be finished by the end of the year.

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