The City of Frederick is getting some money for the local airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is providing a grant of $910,828 to support plans to extend the airport's runway.
"Frederick Municipal Airport was forward thinking when they advanced funds to purchase the land necessary for the runway expansion. Now we have funds from the federal government to make this a reality," says Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who announced the grant.
Cardin's office says the grant will support the acquisition of property necessary to expand runway 5/23 from 5,220 feet to 6,000 feet. It will allow larger corporate aircraft to land. "Expanding the runway length is very important to the type of aircraft, the type of businesses that can take advantage of the municipal airport," says Senator Cardin.
"This FAA reimbursement is crucial as the city moves forward with long-planned improvements at the municipal airport to increase business use, jobs and revenue," said Mayor Randy McCLement, in a statement. "The City has forward-funded $14.4-million for acquisition of properties associated with the approved master plan to lengthen the runway and add corporate hangars."
He also says the city anticipates additional FAA funding in the future.