Boston (August 10, 2023) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today celebrated the announcement of more than $14 million in federal funding to support public and regional airports in Massachusetts.

“Massachusetts’s public and regional airports are critical hubs, connecting our communities to all of New England and the rest of the country,” said Senator Markey. “From Franklin County to Worcester to the Cape, this new federal funding will pave the way forward by building new taxiways and runways that will serve generations of travelers to come. I’m proud to have worked with local partners and MassDOT to secure this funding to invest in infrastructure and emergency response so these airports can continue to be a boon to our economy. Massachusetts airports deserve the resources they need to deliver safe, reliable service in the face of extreme weather events and climate disasters.”

Five Massachusetts airports are receiving funding from the Federal Aviation Authority’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program for the 2023 Fiscal Year, including:

  1. Worcester Regional Airport, which will receive $8,491,177 to rehabilitate its runway;
  2. Norwood Memorial Airport, which will receive $3,831,904 to reconstruct both its taxiway and runway;
  3. Nantucket Memorial Airport, which will receive $1,081,575 to acquire new emergency response and fire-fighting vehicles;
  4. Cape Cod Gateway Airport, which will receive $880,000 to acquire new emergency response and fire-fighting vehicles; and,
  5. Orange Municipal Airport, which will receive $184,320 to install a perimeter fence around the airport.

The newly announced funding for Cape Cod Gateway Airport follows $9.8 million in federal funding secured by Senators Markey and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Congressman Bill Keating (MA-09) in January of this year. In July 2022, the Massachusetts congressional delegation also announced $62 million for Boston’s General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport to rehabilitate Terminal E and the airport’s roadways, supporting more than 150 construction jobs in the process.

In March, Senator Markey introduced the Airport Infrastructure Resilience Act, legislation that would direct the Secretary of Transportation to create a pilot program to provide grants to airports for the planning, design, and construction of projects that improve their climate resilience and ensure airports are ready to respond to climate change, extreme weather events, and natural disasters. That same month, he and his colleagues Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) introduced the Airline Operational Resiliency Act to ensure that airline companies are ready to respond to extreme weather events.