The money will be used to relocate a parallel taxiway.
Photo from Frederick Municipal Airport
Frederick, Md (KM) The US Department of Transportation has awarded a $4,820,151 grant for Frederick Municipal Airport. Mayor Michael O’Connor says it will be used to relocate 1900 feet of taxiway.
“The Frederick Municipal Airport has become the preferred general aviation airport in the region, and we are delighted to continue to receive FAA and MAA funding for advance the runway and taxiway expansion project,” the Mayor said in a statement. The FAA is the Federal Aviation Administration, and the MAA is the Maryland Aviation Administration.
In 2020, the City of Frederick opened a newly extended primary runway (Runway 5-23) which is now 5,819 feet in length.
Richard Griffin, Economic Development Director for the city, says the airport is a major economic driver for Frederick. “Frederick Municipal Airport supports over 1100 jobs in the economy, including about 500 direct jobs,” he says. “But additionally, it supports several million dollars in taxes to the community as well as expenditures, over $30-milion worth of annual expenditures in the community.”
In addition to recreational pilots who live in the community, Griffin says the airport serves corporate executives traveling in and out of Frederick.
“Frederick Municipal Airport is the second busiest airport in the state of Maryland,” Griffin says. “Last year, we had approximately 90,000 airport operations.”
Maryland’s busiest airport is BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport near Baltimore.
By Kevin McManus