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Southern Tier airports to receive federal COVID-19 relief funding along with other New York airports

By Eric Reinhardt (


The Ithaca Tompkins International Airport in Lansing is among the New York airports sharing in a total of more than $411 million in federal coronavirus relief funding. The Federal Aviation Administration is allocating the funding. (File photo provided by the office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo)

Airports serving Binghamton, Ithaca, Elmira/Corning, Cortland County, Norwich, and Oneonta are among the facilities sharing in more than $441 million in federal coronavirus relief.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is allocating the funding for airports all across New York state, the office of U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.) announced. The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

The CARES Act provides funds to increase the federal share to 100 percent for the Airport Improvement Program and other grants already planned for fiscal year 2020. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) explained that the additional funding and elimination of the local share will allow for critical safety and capacity projects to continue as planned, despite the current financial impact of COVID-19 on airports.

The regional airports and their funding allocations are listed below.

Southern Tier

  • Greater Binghamton Airport — more than $1.3 million
  • Ithaca Tompkins International Airport — over $1.7 million
  • Elmira Corning Regional Airport — nearly $2.5 million
  • Cortland County Chase Field Airport — $30,000
  • Warren E. Eaton Airport in Norwich — $30,000
  • Albert S. Nader Regional Airport in Oneonta — $20,000

Central New York

  • Syracuse Hancock International Airport — nearly $13 million

Mohawk Valley

  • Griffiss International Airport in Rome — $69,000

North Country

  • Massena International — $69,000
  • Potsdam Municipal Airport / Damon Field — $69,000
  • Watertown International — more than $1 million
  • Ogdensburg International Airport — more than $2.4 million


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