ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY RESPONDS TO U.S. TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY LAHOOD’S ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE FIRST ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT MONEY ALLOCATION
PITTSBURGH, PA – (March 12, 2009) “We are extremely pleased that Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport were chosen to receive the first funding allocations for airport infrastructure projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This funding will most certainly increase jobs, improve the airport’s infrastructure, enhance airfield safety and improve the airport’s economic benefits to the community,” stated Glenn R. Mahone, Chairman, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
“I wish to express my thanks to Secretary LaHood and Vice President Biden for their support of aviation facilities in Allegheny County. The Federal Aviation Administration’s Harrisburg Office and the Allegheny County Airport Authority are to be commended for responding promptly and working diligently to prepare and submit these priority projects to the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,” said Dan Onorato, Allegheny County Executive.
“As soon as we learned that economic stimulus funding was available, the Airport Authority contacted the Harrisburg Office of the FAA and worked long and hard to meet the goals of the Recovery Act. The required timeline for Economic Recovery projects is specific, tight and has required milestone dates. Our engineering and planning department professionals were able to respond and meet these requirements. It is this enterprising effort that made it possible for Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport to be chosen first for Recovery Act Funding,” explained Bradley D. Penrod, Executive Director/CEO, Allegheny County Airport Authority.
The FAA will allocate $10 million to Pittsburgh International Airport to repair Runway 14-32, one of four commercial service runways. The project includes grading, paving, marking signs, and lighting upgrades to the runway. The $2 million allocation for Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin, PA, a general aviation airport, will renovate a taxiway and relocate a ramp.
“The 14-32 project will begin this summer, and will take most of 2010 to complete. This is the crosswind runway at Pittsburgh International Airport. Work on this project will not interfere with normal aircraft operations at the airport. The ramp and taxiway work at Allegheny County Airport is phase six of a seven phase project to expand the airport’s west ramp for more hangars and aircraft movement, increasing the use and economic benefit of the airport in the region. It is slated to begin this summer,” Penrod added.
Pittsburgh International Airport serves 9.8 million passengers per year. A total of 13 commercial airlines provide 158 daily departures to 40 destinations. Total aircraft operations in 2008 were about 170,000. Allegheny County Airport provides services for general aviation, aeronautic education, aircraft maintenance and air medical transportation with total operations in 2008 of 81,000.