OBSERVER Staff Report
Funding for some im-provements at the Chau-tauqua County Airport in Dunkirk has been approved by the federal government.
U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gilli-brand Monday announced $352,031 in federal funding is being awarded to the Dunkirk airport to replace 24 airfield guidance signs, install two wind cones and rehabilitate taxiway lighting. The funding is allocated through the U.S. Depart-ment of Transportation's Federal Aviation Adminis-tration's Airport Improve-ment Program.
"When it comes to New York's regional and international airports, safety comes first; that's why I'm so pleased to announce this investment in the Chau-tauqua-Dunkirk Airport," said Schumer. "The funding will help Chautauqua-Dunkirk enhance its safety and efficiency by replacing its guidance signs and upgrading its lighting system. The Dunkirk Airport is critical to the region's economy and major employers, which is why I have fought in the past and will continue to fight to secure as much support for it as possible."
"This is an important investment for the Chau-tauqua-Dunkirk Airport," Gillibrand said. "Improving the airport's infrastructure can help provide better, safer service for travelers and business, and help strengthen the local economy."
The federal funding for the Chautauqua-Dunkirk Air-port will specifically be used to install 24 new airfield guidance signs, install new wind cones and rehabilitate taxiway "C" and "D" Edge Lighting to help ensure safety and that the airport operates at its highest efficiency.