Press Release

August 22, 2023
Cardin, Van Hollen Hoyer Announce More Than $200,000 for Improvements at St. Mary’s County Regional Airport

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) today announced $241,949 in federal funding to help the St. Mary’s County/Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport complete infrastructure improvements at the airport to meet operational needs and safety standards by extending its runway. Funding is provided through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

“St. Mary’s County Regional Airport is a critical part of Maryland’s aviation infrastructure,” said Senator Cardin. “This investment to extend the airport runway will support the airport’s operational capacity and safety so that it can continue to play a vital economic role for Southern Maryland.”

“The St. Mary’s County Regional Airport supports our local economy and helps ensure that people, goods, and a range of cargo get where they need to on time. That’s why we fought for this investment to make sure it can continue to serve Southern Maryland’s businesses, residents, and visitors safely and efficiently. We will keep working to secure the funding that helps our local airports remain an engine for economic opportunities so these communities can continue to thrive,” said Senator Van Hollen.

“I was proud to work with Senator Cardin and Senator Van Hollen to secure this funding to ensure St. Mary’s County/Captain Walter Francis Duke Regional Airport can operate as safely and efficiently as possible. Airports like this one are crucial to the surrounding community and to the many travelers and businesses who depend upon them. As House Majority Leader in the 117th Congress, I was proud to help Democrats enact the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which continues to provide vital funding for this project and thousands of others like it across the country. Now, I’m working with House Democrats and the Biden-Harris Administration to implement these policies and programs in every community in America as Chair of the Regional Leadership Council. Whether creating new jobs, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, or lowering costs, we will continue investing in Maryland and Investing in America,” said Congressman Hoyer.

AIP funds various types of airport infrastructure projects across the country, including repairs and upgrades to runways, taxiways, airport signage, lighting and markings – all while creating thousands of good-paying, local jobs. The members have consistently fought to provide funds for airports and terminal operators, including by helping to pass the fiscal year 2023 appropriations package, which included an estimated $1.5 billion for AIP projects.