Press Release

August 4, 2016
Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Proactively Increase Safety, Efficiency at Tipton Airport

Cardin, Mikulski Announce Federal Funds to Proactively Increase Safety, Efficiency at Tipton Airport


BALTIMORE – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) today announced that the Tipton Airport Authority has been awarded an $834,462 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to rehabilitate the existing runway apron. Tipton Airport (FME) is a 350-acre facility located in Anne Arundel County. 


“Conveniently located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and bordering Fort Meade, the Tipton Airport plays an important role in meeting the commercial and recreational aviation needs of people in Central Maryland. Despite being a relatively small airport, these federal funds will help Tipton remain a major regional economic engine,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “This federal investment ensures that the Tipton Airport can continue to safely and efficiently move people and products in and out of Maryland. Over the years, Team Maryland has fought hard to keep the jobs supported by Tipton Airport in Maryland, this federal investment continues that tradition. ”

“Our general aviation airports play a key role in maintaining Maryland’s robust economy,” said Senator Mikulski, Vice Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds DOT. “These funds in the federal checkbook mean improvements to the Tipton Airport infrastructure that are critical to keeping Anne Arundel’s economy moving and Marylanders on the go.”


The federal funding will be used to rehabilitation of 13,000 square yards of the existing apron to maintain structural integrity of the surface before it becomes unsafe for use. When it opened in 1999, Tipton Airport was the first new airport to open in Maryland in 20 years. Originally part of Fort Meade, the airport was transferred from the Department of Defense to the Tipton Airport Authority in 1995 and underwent substantial environmental cleanups, including the removal of unexploded ordinance. Tipton Airport is home to a number of aircraft used by local law enforcement.


Tipton Airport by the Numbers

  • Business Revenue-  $18,859,000
  • Personal Income- $12,920,000
  • Local and State Taxes- $1,369,000