Lamont Advances $7 Million Request To Finance Airport Upgrades

Governor Ned Lamont has placed a $7 million grant request on the agenda for Friday’s meeting of the State Bond Commission to finance upgrades at Sikorsky Memorial Airport including  “rehabilitation of Runway 11-29… Additional improvements include drainage repairs, potential partial subbase repairs, removal of excess pavement, and environmental review and preliminary design of the west development area to accommodate commercial and/or other aeronautical services.”

Mayor Joe Ganim also announced on Tuesday that charter operator Tailwind has received FAA approval to conduct scheduled charter shuttle service to and from Long Island, Boston and New York beginning July 29.

“Continued investment in the airport is critical,” said Mayor Joe Ganim. “These grant-funded improvements are a first step in pursuing the necessary changes to support the potential return of commercial passenger service in Bridgeport. Additionally, the long-awaited funds will ensure enhancements for existing tenants, attract new operators, and further advance our city as a hub for transportation.”

“Officials on the federal, state, and local level have been working tirelessly toward this success,” said Congressman Jim Himes. “Today, we’re one important step closer to improving quality of life for our neighbors in Bridgeport and around the region with commercial passenger flights that will grow businesses and bolster our economy.”


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