ROME — Griffiss International Airport has received more than $2 million in federal funding to revamp its taxiway.
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration awarded $2,048,340 to the airport to ensure the safest possible transportation of grounded and taxiing aircraft throughout the facility.
"Regional airports drive the local economy, and this much-needed federal investment will improve safety at Griffiss by making it easier for planes to taxi and land," said U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who helped secure the money, in a news release. "These critical improvements are needed to keep Griffiss bustling. From its role in unmanned research, to regular charter service, Griffiss has become a hub of economic activity in Oneida County."
The funding is doled out through the Airport Improvement Program and is administered by the DOT's Federal Aviation Administration. It provides grants to public agencies for the the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems. The money is drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by use fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue service.
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