Funds To Support Transition from Military Base To Civilian
The past two months have been very good to Portsmouth
International Airport in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch and the state's Executive
Council approved a $150,000 aviation grant in August for improving
its appeal to corporate aviation.
"We see a lot of potential for that," said Pease International
Airport Manager Bill Hopper. "There is a need in the area, and we
can service that need."
There are roughly 16 acres of land along the runway that's
looking good for hangar development, Hopper said. Part of this
grant money, made available through the Bureau of Aeronautics, will
be for that purpose as part of the airport's 1995 master plan,
according to the Portsmouth Herald.
"There are more and more of these aircraft, and we have a
perfect location here with respect to (corporate planes coming and
going to) Europe," Hopper said.
Then, US Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu (R-NH) announced
Friday PSM will receive $2.9 million in Federal Aviation
Administration funding to help transition the airport from
military to civilian use. The funding will allow the
airport to make terminal security improvements, acquire snow
removal equipment, and design and build a deicing/holding apron pad
over a three year time period.
"With its close proximity to Boston and growing population, the
Seacoast area is an active region of the Granite State. I am
pleased the FAA has recognized the robust and expanding economy of
the region and provided these funds to aid the continued successful
transition of Pease," said Gregg.
Sununu concurred saying, "This funding represents a commitment
on the part of the Federal Aviation Administration to the long-term
safety of the Pease International Airport. Security improvements at
the terminal, the purchase of new snow removal equipment, and a new
apron pad for deicing and holding aircraft will enhance the value
and mission of the facility for generations to come."