The Ticonderoga airport will get a self-service fuel station next year. The local facility has been awarded a $270,000 grant from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative for the project.
The Ticonderoga airport will get a self-service fuel station next year.
The local facility has been awarded a $270,000 grant from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative for the project.
“The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) recommended the Ti airport for funding,” Ti Supervisor Deb Malaney said. “They are very partial to the airport because of its location and potential.”
Grants were also awarded to the Massena International Airport and the Piseco Airport.
“Where things move is where prosperity occurs; that’s true whether it’s by air, road or rail,” Regional Council Co-chair and North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas and Regional Council Co-chair and Clarkson University President Tony Collins said in a joint statement. “Maintaining and enhancing our transportation assets is especially important in the Adirondacks, and we are very pleased that these investments can be made.”
Currently, limited availability of fuel service deters air traffic from visiting these airports, resulting in loss of potential fuel sales, Douglas and Collins said.
Ticonderoga Airport’s funding will directly address this issue with the addition of a self-service, 24-hour, credit-card-reader fuel system that is expected to generate more revenue for the town.
“We’re very, very appreciative of the funding opportunity,” Malaney said. “Adding a fuel station to the Ticonderoga Airport will provide the critical link needed for expansion of our airport-related services. It will bring in new revenue, better support the current businesses that depend on it and will attract new related business. Overall, it will have a broad impact to the local and regional economy.”
Ticonderoga officials have been discussing a fuel station at the airport for several years. Malaney expects the project to become reality in 2013.
State Sen. Betty Little said the investment encourages commerce and economic activity.
“Both the Piseco and Ticonderoga airports are important assets in the region, which is highly dependent on tourism and the economic activity of second-home owners,” Little said. “These are improvements that will have long-term benefits, improving access to the North Country not only for visitors but those looking to invest and grow a business in our region.”
The fuel station will be the next step in a series of improvements at the Ticonderoga airport.
The entry road to the facility is being repaved this fall. In 2010 a five-year, $3.2 million renovation project was completed at the facility located off Shore Airport Road.
The project leveled and repaved the runway, created a turning area for planes, erected security fencing, installed new wind socks and runway lights, and moved utility lines to allow for future expansion.
The money for the project came from the Federal Aviation Administration and cost taxpayers nothing. A portion of every airline ticket sold in the U.S. goes to the FAA for airport rehabilitation. It’s the flying public that paid for the Ti project.
The Ticonderoga airport handles 11,000 landings and take-offs a year, according to the FAA.