$2 million in grants earmarked for Port Clinton airport

Jul 21, 2021 | Around Ottawa County | 2 comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $2 million in grants to the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Authority and the Erie-Ottawa International Airport in Port Clinton, reported Sen. Sherrod Brown.

The Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Authority received $1,141,116 to rehabilitate existing taxi lanes and improve structural integrity of aviation apron at Erie-Ottawa International Airport.

The airport also received a $789,461 grant to construct two new taxi lanes to provide access to new hangars at Erie-Ottawa International Airport; and a $59,000 grant to Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport Authority to provide economic relief funds for costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, debt service payments, and combating the spread of pathogens at Erie-Ottawa International Airport.

In total, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded eight grants to city and county governments in northwest Ohio, totaling more than $6 million. The funds will be used to help make necessary repairs to airports and their critical infrastructure.

“Ohio airports are vital to supporting travel and commerce in the state,” said Sen. Brown. “These investments will help to ensure the safety of Northwest Ohio airports for passengers for years to come.”

The FAA supports public-use airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) through the Airport Improvement Program. The program supports projects that improve airport safety, capacity, security and environmental impact.

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  1. Veeraraghavan Sundar

    This story is good news for the Port Clinton area. Thank you for reporting it. However your photo is misleading. Liberty Aviation Museum is on Airport Property, but they lease their property from the Airport Authority and the museum is a 501 C 3 registered not for profit museum. They receive NO government funding, NO taxpayer monies were used to build or operate the museum. They rely solely on donations and income from daily operations such as admissions, gift shop sales and food sales at the former Mauch Chunk Diner.

    Please clarify this. You would do your readers a service.

    • The Beacon

      Thank you for bringing that to our attention. I’ve changed out the photo on our site, but unfortunately for social media, like Facebook, it doesn’t always seem to update on a timely manner. We’ll try to resolve that as well, though.


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