TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga Municipal Airport has been awarded $130,500 in Federal Aviation Administration funding.
The grant will be used to fund construction of an aviation-fuel facility that will make the airport more self-sustaining and also provide revenue.
“This upgrade adds to the long-term sustainability of a critical transportation resource for the Ticonderoga community,” Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) said in a news release.
“Adding a self-service fueling station to this airport will support the continued growth of tourism and business travel to the region, as well as provide a small source of revenue to pay for the basic needs of the town and its residents.”
The airport has added a hangar and tie-downs for planes in recent years, as well as extending the runway and installing a security fence, most paid for with FAA grants.
“This is something we’ve been looking forward to, not just the officials here but pilots and tourists as well,” Ernie Tobin, a member of the Ticonderoga Municipal Airport Committee, said in the release.
“The first thing pilots look for when they land is a place to refuel. This will help generate activity up here, make a little extra money for the airport and be a great thing for the town and for aviation in the region.”
The Ticonderoga Municipal Airport is a 60-acre general aviation airport with 4,041 feet of asphalt runway. It is owned by the Town of Ticonderoga.