Pennsylvania invests $10M in public use airports

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently awarded 10 public use airports nearly $10 million in Aviation Transportation Assistance Program funds.

Funding supports projects that address infrastructure preservation, facility improvements, and development.

“Pennsylvania’s aviation industry provides good-paying jobs while linking communities to a larger transportation system that moves goods and people around the world,” PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll said. “These investments are another example of Gov. (Josh) Shapiro’s focus on maintaining our infrastructure while also expanding regional business opportunities.”

In Pennsylvania, the aviation industry has a $34 billion annual economic impact, provides nearly $12.5 billion in payroll and employment benefits, and employs more than 226,000 people.

In addition to travel, public use airports offer services such as emergency medical services, disaster and emergency response, firefighting, police and law enforcement, and air cargo and freight.

Awardees include:

Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Westmoreland County received $2.4 million to expand the terminal and upgrade the Transportation Security Administration screening area.

Lancaster Airport in Lancaster County received $2 million to design and prepare for the construction of a corporate hangar.

Reading Regional/Carl A. Spaatz Field Airport in Berks County received $1.5 million to build a hangar and office building for the fixed-based operator.