PORTAGE TOWNSHIP – The Federal Aviation Administration will award $323,100 to the Erie-Ottawa International Airport to update the airport’s master plan and the layout plan to address goals for the future development of the airport, according to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio.
“The Erie-Ottawa International Airport is to be congratulated on receiving this award from the FAA,” Kaptur said. “As the largest airport between Cleveland and Toledo located in the center of Ohio’s vacationland, the future development of the airport needs to be carefully considered. These funds will help the airport to better understand and leverage the development, utilization and economic potential of this great regional transportation asset.”
“The Airport Authority is thrilled to once again be a recognized as a regional leader in aviation,” said Stan Gebhardt, director of the Erie-Ottawa International Airport, “and excited to put this grant to good use for the people of Erie and Ottawa County and our visitors.”
Kaptur is the senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee which has oversight over all spending activities of the federal government and Dean of the Ohio Delegation. The FAA is housed under the U.S. Department of Transportation with the priorities of keeping the traveling public safe and secure and to have the U.S. transportation system contribute to the nation’s economic growth.
The airport, at 3255 East State Rd., was awarded a $639,854 grant by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation for fiscal year 2016.