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      Nearly $4.5 million in federal grant announced to create new taxiway

      Nearly $4.5 million in federal money is headed to Syracuse Hancock Airport for infrastructure improvements.

      The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants total $4,491,000. They will allow the airport to construct a new taxiway and apron to allow more planes to stay overnight in Syracuse. The grant will provide federal funding for a RON apron and taxiway which allow planes to park overnight and diverted planes to park in an area away from the main airport gates. This allows regularly scheduled flights access to their gates that might otherwise be taken up by an unoccupied airplane. Those planes will be able to park on this new apron which will improve airport flow and help keep passengers moving in and out of Hancock Airport.

      "This Federal Aviation Administration grant will create more overnight space at Syracuse Airport and make the runway more modern, safer and more efficient," said Senator Charles Schumer (D, New York). "This job-creating infrastructure project will ensure that the Syracuse Airport can continue to serve businesses, residents and visitors and help boost the area's economy." "This is an important investment for Syracuse Hancock Airport and the central New York region," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D, New York). "Improving the airport's runway can help provide better, safer service for travelers and business, and help strengthen the local economy."

      This grant is funded by the Airport Improvement Program, a federal grant program administered by the FAA. The program assists public-use airports with investments in airport operations, environmental protection, and airport infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits. "Our airport is an important economic anchor in our region and we must continue to enhance and expand this valuable resource. We also need to continue to work to improve air service so that Central New York businesses can grow and create more jobs," said Congressman Dan Maffei (D, New York). "These critical funds will help ensure our airport has the infrastructure and resources necessary to keep flights on time."