Hornell, Dansville, Wellsville airports will receive support

As part of the CARES Act economic relief available to U.S. airports nearly grounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) announced $441,274,414.22 in federal funding allocated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for airports all across New York State.

The CARES Act provides funds to increase the federal share to 100% for the Airport Improvement Program and other grants already planned for fiscal year 2020. Schumer and Gillibrand explained that the additional funding and elimination of the local share will allow for critical safety and capacity projects to continue as planned, despite the current financial impact of COVID-19 on airports.

“As a gateway for business, family connection and tourism, keeping New York’s airports safe, functioning and well-funded is crucial to the Upstate New York economy and way of life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will offset the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19 on travel hubs throughout the state and allow New York airports to continue to work on essential services, like airport safety, and most importantly, will help New York airports have the tools they need to properly rebuild after the crisis is over. I’m proud to have fought for this funding to be included in the CARES act which will boost airports and the New York economy.”

Locally, the Dansville Municipal Airport and the Wellsville Municipal Airport will each receive $30,000, while the Hornell Municipal Airport will receive $20,000.

“Investing in airport safety and infrastructure promotes local economic development in our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “New Yorkers are already feeling the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, and this funding from the CARES Act is a promising step toward restoring business, tourism, and mobility. I will always fight for resources that help our communities grow and thrive.”

The senators said that the FAA was planning to begin releasing funding in April and would provide additional guidance on the Program next week.

The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will receive $2,494,192 in COVID-19 relief funds.

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said the funding will be positive for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport and other airports in the Southern Tier.

“We care about making sure our airports have fair access to the funds they need to function,” Reed said. “Our infrastructure is of vital importance, and it is critical to maintain its capacity. That is why we were proud to fight for this funding and will continue to fight for the needs for our district and our region.”