Two Long Island airports have been awarded combined $2.3 million in grants from the state for modernization and safety improvements.
Republic Airport in Farmingdale will receive $1.5 million for the renewal of ground infrastructure around the airport. MacArthur Airport in Islip will receive $800,000 to build an enclosed pedestrian walkway that will connect the airport’s transportation facility to the terminal.
The money is part of the state’s Aviation Capital Grant Program, which provides funding for infrastructure developments throughout New York State.
In an effort to recruit new carriers, MacArthur has also applied for federal grants to take on various improvements.
It is seeking $9.4 million to reconstruct more than 5 acres of pavement at the west terminal apron, $30 million to redevelop the west concourse with a modernized two-story facility, and $9 million for terminal improvements to rehabilitate baggage claim, modernize terminal doors, replace carpeting, roof improvements, and update electrical and plumbing.
At a press conference Thursday, Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, said more infrastructure improvements at the airport would spur economic growth across the island by allowing it to add new routes and more affordable flights.