(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Claremont Municipal airport a $3 million federal grant. The federal funding was awarded under the agency’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). Shaheen helped craft the omnibus funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2019 that included an additional $500 million for AIP projects. While a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator Hassan helped advance the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which included important New Hampshire priorities. The law included $3.35 billion in mandatory funding for AIP, and instructs the FAA to prioritize small or medium-sized airports located outside of metropolitan areas, like Claremont Municipal, for airport improvement funding.
“New Hampshire’s regional airports serve as economic and transportation hubs for surrounding communities, which is why federal grants like this are useful tools that can help our cities and towns make necessary improvements to enhance our local infrastructure system,“ said Senator Shaheen, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “This runway reconstruction project is an important investment in the economic development, safety and efficiency of Claremont Municipal Airport. Ensuring New Hampshire infrastructure projects like this have the federal assistance they need will always be a top priority for me in the Senate.”
“This $3 million runway reconstruction grant is vital to the future of Claremont Municipal Airport, which is an important part of the local economy,” Senator Hassan said. “I will continue fighting to ensure that other important projects across New Hampshire receive the federal funding that is necessary to strengthen and modernize our state’s transportation infrastructure.”
“This funding for Claremont Municipal Airport will help improve the airport’s efficiency and invest in the economic vitality of the Claremont region and our entire state,” said Kuster. “I’m excited to help announce this grant and I will continue working to secure the funding and resources needed to upgrade New Hampshire’s infrastructure and strengthen our communities.”