WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that seven Maine airports have been awarded federal grants totaling more than $2 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to be used for general improvements and safety enhancements.
“Maine's large geographic area makes air travel an important transportation option that connects towns and cities across the state,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Maine's airports play a vital role in supporting local businesses, especially in the state's more rural regions. This funding will help make necessary improvements and maintain a safe operational environment at our airports.”
The awards – totaling $2,189,562 – and recipients are as follows:
• Bangor International Airport in Bangor will receive $1.2 million to fund the replacement of a portion of the floors, ceiling, electrical, heating, ventilation, and air condition system in the domestic terminal building that have reached the end of their useful lives.
• Brunswick Executive Airport in Brunswick will receive $150,000 for structural improvements to the runway.
• Northern Maine Regional Airport in Presque Isle will receive $250,000 for structural improvements to the runway.
• Belfast Municipal Airport in Belfast will receive $176,850 to fund an environmental assessment to evaluate any potential environmental impacts related to future runway construction.
• Wiscasset Airport in Wiscasset will receive $100,000 to acquire snow removal equipment to keep the airport serviceable during the winter and aid in the efficiency and safety of operations
• Biddeford Municipal Airport in Biddeford will receive $191,212 to fund an environmental assessment to evaluate any potential environmental impacts related to removing runway approach obstructions.
• Houlton International Airport in Houlton will receive $121,500 fund an update to the airport master plan narrative report and airport layout plan, including wildlife hazard assessment, to address key issues, objectives and goals pertinent to the airport's future development.