---- — TICONDEROGA — The North Country Regional Economic Development Council says improvement projects at three North Country airports are officially moving forward on the strength of $1,082,650 in awards from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Council initiative.
Ticonderoga Municipal Airport is ready to begin a project that will provide a self-service fuel station with the assistance of $270,000 in state resources.
Massena International Airport is preparing for the construction of an aircraft hangar and other site improvements by utilizing an award of $760,000. Piseco Airport in Hamilton County is getting $52,650 toward a fueling station.
“Where things move is where prosperity occurs; that’s true whether it’s by air, road or rail,” Regional Council Co-chair and North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas and Regional Council Co-chair and Clarkson University President Tony Collins said in a joint statement.
“Maintaining and enhancing our transportation assets is especially important in the Adirondacks, and we are very pleased that these investments can be made.”
Currently, limited availability of fuel service deters air traffic from visiting these airports, resulting in loss of potential fuel sales.
Ticonderoga Airport’s funding will directly address this issue with the addition of a self-service, 24-hour, credit-card-reader fuel system that is expected to significantly increase fuel sales and, in turn, generate more revenue for the town.
“We’re very, very appreciative of the funding opportunity,” Town Supervisor Debra Malaney said in a statement.
“Adding a fuel station to the Ticonderoga Airport will provide the critical link needed for expansion of our airport-related services. It will bring in new revenue, better support the current businesses that depend on it and will attract new related business. Overall, it will have a broad impact to the local and regional economy.”
Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) said the investment “encourages commerce and economic activity. Both the Piseco and Ticonderoga airports are important assets in the region, she said, which is highly dependent on tourism and the economic activity of second-home owners.
“These are improvements that will have long-term benefits, improving access to the North Country not only for visitors but those looking to invest and grow a business in our region.”