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Williamsport Regional Airport General Manager Richard Howell welcomed the news of the allocation of just over $ 1 million in federal dollars for the airport’s infrastructure needs.
Airport infrastructure grant funding totaling $ 70 million is going to 62 airports across the state, U.S. Senator Robert Casey, D-Scranton said Thursday.
Howell said there are a number of projects the money could fund.
“We plan to use the funding for some projects that we are currently planning, specifically the rehabilitation of runway 12/30 which has been identified as being in fair to poor condition. “ he said. “With the planned start of air service in April using a smaller aircraft, runway 12/30 will likely become the most used runway for the commercial operator on a clear day. In addition, the funding will allow the
Authorization to review its carbon footprint by examining the potential electrification of vehicles as well as alternatives to our energy consumption.
Howell said there’s a good chance the airport will see the return of commercial flight services in the spring, and although the $ 1 million grant would not be “Directly help this service”, it will be important for any potential operator,
“Carriers want to have a pleasant environment for their customers” he said, noting that the new terminal was an important part of the airport’s upgrades.
American Airlines ended its commercial flights to and from the airport in September.
In the meantime, airport officials have looked for another commercial airline to serve the area.
Grants for airport infrastructure are part of the recently passed bipartite federal infrastructure bill.
“Our Commonwealth’s airports connect us to each other and to the rest of the world”, Sen Casey said. “These investments will help stimulate local economies and create jobs throughout Pennsylvania. I’m proud to say this is just the start of infrastructure funding in Pennsylvania. Over the next few years, we can look forward to billions of additional dollars that will strengthen our communities and our economy.
Williamsport / Lycoming Chamber of Commerce President Jason Fink said: “We appreciate the work Senator Casey has done at the airport to secure this infrastructure funding. He has been a strong supporter of IPT in the challenges it has faced in ensuring reliable air service. The funding that has been provided can help the airport administration complete things like runway work while also focusing on getting a new carrier here next year. “
State College Airport is expected to receive $ 1.9 million and Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport, $ 2.47 million.
Funding allocations of $ 159,000 will also go to William T. Piper Memorial Airport in Lock Haven; Bradford County Airport, Towanda; and Wellsboro Johnston Airport, Wellsboro.