Schumer Helps Dunkirk Airport gets Safety Upgrade, Runway Extension

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM EDT

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Schumer Helps Dunkirk Airport gets Safety Upgrade, Runway Extension

June 13, 2011 Updated Jun 13, 2011 at 3:40 PM EDT

Dunkirk, NY (WKBW-Release)

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that Chautauqua County Airport in Dunkirk is set to receive $627,192 in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) funds for airport facility upgrades. Specifically, the grant will allow Chautauqua County Airport to acquire a friction measuring device that will enhance airport safety by providing pilots with important information allowing planes to land safely during adverse weather conditions. This funding will also allow for the design of a plan to extend the airport runway to 6000 feet. Schumer applauds DOT for their work to increase safety at all airports.

"This is great news for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of Chautauqua County Airport every day,” said Schumer. “With this funding, the airport can make renovations that will ensure passenger safety and the smooth operation of the facility. I will continue to fight for funds like these that promote safety at all New York airports.”

The funding for Chautauqua County Airport in Dunkirk is part of the Airport Improvement Program, administered by DOT’s Federal Aviation Administration. The Airport Improvement Program provides grants to public agencies for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).