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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $13.7 million in grant funding to make infrastructure and equipment upgrades at 29 Pennsylvania airports. The new improvements will help Pennsylvania’s airports operate safely, expand to meet demands, or attract more growth.

“Investments in our aviation infrastructure is vital to the economic vitality of the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are supported by aviation in Pennsylvania and the new investments announced today will help airports bolster commerce and attract more customers.”

Funded through PennDOT’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, Aviation Development Program, and the Multimodal Fund, the new investments will infuse new state investments to expand aviation-related operational and economic opportunities statewide.

Two counties in northcentral Pa. to receive grant funding include:

Northumberland County:

  • Danville Airport - $180,000 to install pilot visual aid equipment and replace runway edge lighting.

  • Northumberland County Airport - $7,500 for the installation of security cameras.

Centre County: 

  • University Park Airport - $75,000 for joint sealing the runway.

“This grant means we can continue to support jobs and other investments tied to the University Park Airport, including future economic development and growth opportunities,” according to state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre. “These grants also ensure our airports operate safely and attract more customers.”

As of April 2019, Pennsylvania ranks 13th nationwide in the total number of public-use aviation facilities, with 127 airports, heliports and seaplane bases.