2011-03-18 / Top Stories

Senators Set Airport Reconstruction Money

United States Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand have announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration has awarded New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) two grants totaling

$12,912,749 towards runway reconstruction and rehabilitation.

A $10.9 million grant will help construct a new taxiway at JFK, and another, worth $2,012,749, will help rehabilitate an existing taxiway.

Schumer and Gillibrand said that by reducing flight delays, these grants will improve travel for the millions of passengers that travel through JFK every year.

“By expanding and improving our existing infrastructure at JFK, we can reduce flight delays and improve travel for the millions of passengers that travel through JFK each year,” said Schumer. “As one of America’s busiest airports, JFK needs infrastructure projects like this one in order to ease gridlock and air traffic.”

“This is great news for JFK Airport,” Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will bring critical infrastructure upgrades at JFK, reduce flight delays, and improve safety for millions of travelers. I will continue working with Senator Schumer and the entire congressional delegation to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

JFK is one of the busiest airports in the United States, handling over 45 million passengers and 1.1 million tons of freight in 2009 alone.

It has an extensive runway system of over 25 miles in order to handle this volume.

By building an extra taxiway and refurbishing an existing runway, these DOT funds will enable JFK to increase its capacity and prepare for an even larger number of passengers in the future.

JFK is an essential economic engine for New York.

The airport contributes about $30 billion in economic activity to the region, generates approximately $9.8 billion in wages and salaries, and employs roughly 35,000 people.

Schumer and Gillibrand said that these grants would go a long way towards making sure JFK continues to be such an important economic force for New York.

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