March 26, 2010

SENATORS CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $1.5 MILLION FOR EASTON/NEWNAM FIELD

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has awarded the Easton/Newnam Field Airport two grants totally more than $1.5 million to rehabilitate the aircraft parking apron and to remove obstructions from runway areas. The grants will help the facility meet Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety and design standards.
 
"The Easton/Newnam Field is an economic engine for the entire Eastern Shore region, and I strongly support this federal investment because it will substantially improve and upgrade the facility, improving safety for both passengers and workers at the airport," said Senator Cardin.
 
 "Our regional airports play a key role in maintaining Maryland's robust economy," said Senator Mikulski. "These improvements will make Easton/Newnam Field a safer and more efficient airport while meeting the increasing demands of our commuters and air carriers in Talbot County."
 
The two DoT grants include $1,223,859 to rehabilitate the aircraft parking apron and $300,000 to remove obstructions from runway areas. According to the Maryland Aviation Administration, the Easton/Newnam Field Airport pumps $52 million a year into the local economy and provides 362 jobs. There are currently 55,000 take offs and landings a year at the airport and 150 aircraft are based at the facility.