Press Release

July 19, 2007



U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and
Barbara A. Mikulski today announced a U.S. Department of Transportation grant of $3.5 million for the Easton/Newnam Field to rehabilitate Runway 4-22, the airport’s primary runway.


The Maryland Aviation Administration has listed Easton/Newnam Field as the second busiest airport in Maryland with 160,000 annual operations a year.
  The airport accommodates primarily corporate aviation.


The Federal Aviation Administration has listed Easton/Newnam Field as the 8
th busiest non-towered airport in the nation.
  The airport is constructing an air traffic control tower, which is expected to be operational by Oct. 1.


 “The 5,500-feet runway has not been resurfaced for more than 20 years and this rehabilitation of the runway is long overdue,” said Senator Cardin.
  “Easton and Talbot County depend heavily on the airport and we need to ensure that its runway meets aviation standards for safety and reliability.”


“On my visit to the Easton Airport earlier this month, local elected officials told me the airport is a top priority for Eastern Shore communities,” said Senator Mikulski.
  “Our regional airports play a key role in maintaining Maryland's robust economy.
  That’s why I am pleased to announce this funding to rehabilitate the runway at the Easton Airport.
  I will continue to fight to keep Marylanders on the move and to keep the Eastern Shore a priority in the federal checkbook.”


The resurfacing of Runway 4-22 will begin in late summer and is expected to take approximately 90 days.