Investments in 35 Airports
HARRISBURG– Governor Tom Corbett today announced that
an $18 million state and federal investment will improve safety and operations
at 35 Pennsylvania airports that support more than 2,600 jobs.
public-use airports support more than 300,000 jobs,” Corbett said. “When we
expand a runway or make it safer to land at an airport, we ensure that they can
meet business and community demands and continue supporting these jobs.”
state portion of funding – $904,981 from PennDOT’s aviation development program
– comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages $904,981 in local matching funds.
The program complements the new Multi-Modal Fund, created by Act 89, which
dedicates $5 million to aviation in this fiscal year alone. In November,
Corbett signed Act 89, a far-reaching transportation program that clears the
way for significant investments in all transportation assets.
Federal Aviation Administration is providing $17.1 million in grants through
the block grant program, which is funded through taxes collected nationally on
airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and the sale
of aviation fuel. Airports receive up to 90 percent of eligible project costs
for projects included in Pennsylvania’s 12-year transportation program.
airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program. Airports
eligible for the federal block grant program include: general aviation
airports, designated reliever airports, and non-primary commercial service
airports (those with fewer than 10,000 annual passengers) that are part of the
National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.