$10 million grant awarded to Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport
TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- $10 million dollars in federal funding is on the way to the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.
The money is part of a U.S. Department of Transportation grant, and the FAA Airport Improvement Program. The money will be used by the airport to continue its upgrade and expansion efforts. Specifically, the grant will be used for phase-2 of the airport renovation project. That includes construction of a new concourse for arrivals and departures, and new jet bridges. The money will also support improvements to the terminal building.
In total, the project will add almost 20,000 square feet to the facility, bringing the total to 50,500 square feet, along with six new gates.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both pushed for the additional funding.
“Business at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional airport has taken off, people are choosing to fly out of Ithaca, and carriers are taking notice. These federal funds will go a long way to create a world-class facility right here in Tompkins County that will encourage continued growth,” said Senator Schumer.