Apron repairs and a snow-removal equipment building are in the works.
CANANDAIGUA — The Ontario County Industrial Development Agency will be getting more than $1.6 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects at the Canandaigua Airport, according to a joint announcement Thursday by U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Ontario County Economic Director Michael Manikowski said the funding will go toward the construction of a “badly needed” facility to house snow removal equipment, which is used to keep runways and taxiways clear.
Also, a large portion of the funding will help fix up the airport’s apron area, he said.
“We’re happy for the support,” Manikowski said.
The local funding is part of more than $17.1 million announced for 36 critical infrastructure projects at airports across upstate New York, including the Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo areas. The funding was allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program.
“Making sure our airports are clear for takeoff is essential for the safety of air travelers and the smooth functioning of the local economy,” Schumer said in a prepared statement. “Making these critical upgrades will pave the way for supporting local economies and communities in upstate New York.”
These funds are a major investment that will provide several airports across upstate New York with the resources to renovate and upgrade their facilities, Gillibrand said in a prepared statement.
“Investing in local airport infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who use it every day, Gillibrand said.
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.
Funds allocated for the AIP are drawn from the Airport and Airway Trust fund, which is supported by user fees, fuel taxes and other similar revenue sources.
Funding for nearby airports
Several other airports in the region also received federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program.
The Greater Rochester International Airport in Monroe County will receive $2.4 million. The Syracuse Regional Airport Authority (Syracuse Hancock International) will receive $1.3 million. The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (Niagara Falls International) will receive $326,000. The County of Chemung (Elmira/Corning Regional) will receive $63,000.