A federal grant of nearly $3.5 million will be used for rehabilitation and expansion work at the Cape May County Airport.
The airport, located in the Erma section of the county, is operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority.
The $3,467,000 discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, was announced by U.S. Rep Frank A. LoBiondo who chairs the House Aviation Subcommittee.
The money will be used to rehabilitate a runway and extend a taxiway at the airport.
"Over the past decade we have made substantial improvements to South Jersey's community airports which have helped create opportunities for more businesses, more jobs and more economic growth in our region. An example is the presence of the unmanned aerial systems industry which is directly tied to the airport facilities and the further potential it holds," said LoBiondo.
"Federal funding for infrastructure improvements is the foundation for the growth and prosperity of a general aviation airport," said Scott A. Green, executive director of the DRBA. "These investments will also boost our ability to pursue economic development opportunities with our county partners."
Along with the Cape May County Airport, the DRBA operates several other regional airports including the New Castle County Airport and the Millville Airport.
The authority also operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry.
"The Cape May County airport is very important to our region in terms of economic opportunities and future growth. It is not only used for general aviation but for UAS operations and testing. We are really excited by the announcement of these federal funds and appreciate the Congressman's continued efforts on our behalf," said Cape May County Freeholder Will Morey.
"Today's funding for the Cape May County airport will further enhance safety operations, ensuring businesses relying on our transportation network are able to move their goods and services efficiently and effectively," LoBiondo said in a news release announcing the airport grant. "I will continue to work closely with local officials and the FAA to bring additional federal resources to Cape May County and our region."