JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — The Greater Binghamton Airport got some very good news early Thursday morning, as quite a bit of money will be coming in for needed projects.
“A 6.4 million dollar project coming from FAA discretionary funding. A lot of different partners involved with that,” said Greater Binghamton Airport Commissioner of Aviation Mark Heefner.
Some of those partners include Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Anthony Brindisi, who helped make the announcement.
This discretionary funding isn’t easy to come by.
“We compete on a national level with all of the other airports for, essentially, a pot of money if you will. So our project was ranked high enough, and we did the right things to make sure that it was going to be funded,” said Heefner.
The money will be used to eliminate a hot spot on the runways and make operations safer.
“This particular project is essentially connecting two taxiways and making a full-length, parallel taxiway for our secondary runway. It doesn’t sound like much but what the project is doing is it’s making it a heck of a lot safer for anyone operating at our airport,” said Heefner.
All involved with this announcement agree this project will improve the travel experience and also be a boost to the local economy going forward.
“We need to keep the airport going. I fly in there fairly often. The idea that there’s money coming to the airport shows that the airport has a good future,” said Senator Chuck Schumer.
“Right now what we’re doing is we’re building the foundation to make sure that the things that are really going to drive your airport are going to continue to stay strong. That allows us to continue that regrowth and rebirth,” said Heefner.