A grant of more than $7 million will be used to lengthen the runway at Canandaigua Airport to 5,500 feet, officials from the Federal Aviation Administration announced this week.
The FAA Airport Improvement Program grant of $7.05 million will pay for a 2,300-foot extension of the airport’s 3,200-foot runway, officials said. The runway also will be widened, to 100 feet from 75 feet.
“This funding will help improve Canandaigua Airport for passengers and pilots alike,” Department of Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood said in a statement Wednesday.
“This investment will help promote safety at the airport and economic growth throughout the surrounding region.”
The extension will allow the airport to accommodate business jets and larger airplanes that travel internationally, a joint statement from Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said. The airport generates economic activity of $12 million annually.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and take 12 months to complete.
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