ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced $275,000 in federal funding will be granted to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport (ELM).
The funding was allocated by the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP).
According to Schumer, the funds will be used to market the airport's newly expanded service between Elmira and Newark, New Jersey, in addition to other services.
“The expanded air travel in and out of Elmira Corning Regional Airport is a shot in the arm to the regional economy and clears the Southern Tier Economy for takeoff,” said Senator Schumer. “With this critical funding, Elmira Corning Regional Airport will be able to ensure the new route between Newark and Elmira is widely promoted and positioned for success. I’m proud of the role I played in securing this vital federal funding, and I will keep fighting to ensure that airports like ELM have the resources they need to better serve Upstate residents and businesses.”
The announcement comes in the wake of Schumer's push to expand the ELM's access to destinations in July 2017. Then, he said expanded services would support the regional economy, as well as draw carriers to the airport.
In November 2017, United Airlines announced it would create a route between ELM and Newark and started the service in April.
“This is great news for the Elmira Corning Regional Airport as we near the completion of our $60 million terminal renovation and expansion project. This grant will allow us to significantly increase our marketing efforts for our recently added Newark service through United as well as our long-standing Delta service through Detroit and our Allegiant services to both Orlando and Tampa. We want to thank Senator Schumer for his ongoing support of our airport. Through his efforts, we have been able to secure significant FAA funding for both the terminal and runway projects,” said Tom Santulli, Chemung County Executive.
Schumer said ELM supports business and leisure travelers, as well as offers convenient access to major urban areas. Larger airports in major cities such as Rochester, Syracuse or Buffalo are more than a two hour drive away, which Schumer says can put an unfair burden on Southern Tier residents and business owners.
Access to reliable and diverse air service is also essential to the economic vitality of the region, Schumer says. He adds that such access could ensure that existing businesses are able to thrive and new businesses are able to form.
The SCASDP is a grant program targeted to small airports to help them support, retain and attract air service, with the intention of helping them stay competitive and viable.