Cuomo announces airport funding

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Governor Andrew M Cuomo has announced that US$20m in new state funding is available for airports across New York State to support safety improvements, modernize operations and increase general and business-related aviation capacity.

The Airport Capital Grant Program, which is 100% state-funded, is part of the New York State’s US$275bn infrastructure program, the largest building program of its kind in the USA.

“There is no second chance to make a first impression, and airports often serve as the gateway welcoming visitors to communities across New York,” Cuomo said. “Investing in the modernization of our airports sends a strong message across the world that the Empire State is a premier destination for travelers and a great place to do business.”

The Aviation Capital Grant Program is open to public-use airports listed in the 2018 State Airport System Plan. Eligible project activities include safety projects, preservation projects, new construction, and other projects that enhance business development and economic competitiveness.

Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated based on established criteria including economic benefits for surrounding communities and businesses; adherence to regional economic development plans; and improved operational efficiency.

Previous grant awards have funded new airport hangars, airport terminal building renovations, taxiway resurfacing, security fencing, and fuel farm modernizations that improve security and spill prevention.

This funding – available through the Airport Capital Grant Program – is in addition to and complements the US$200m Cuomo made available through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition.

The New York State Department of Transportation will be accepting applications for this funding opportunity until Monday, May 4, 2020.


Governor Cuomo should also attend the Airport Design, Planning & Development stream at Passenger Terminal CONFERENCE for more ideas about how to improve capacity and support development. The full conference program can be found here.

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