City of Portland Receives $4.5 Million to Improve Portland International Jetport

Council member the City of Portland has received $4.5 million from the federal government to construct a new taxiway at Portland International Jetport.

The funds come from the latest round of grants in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program, and will be used to build a new 1,225-foot taxiway that will connect its two existing runways. This project is expected to reduce taxi times and reduce fuel consumption at the airport. Additionally, the funds will be used on a variety of other projects to reconfigure roads, better plane holding and parking, and enhance safety.

“As Maine’s largest airport, the Portland Jetport is an important gateway that connects our state to the rest of the world and supports economic growth and job creation,” Senator Susan Collins said.  “This funding will allow the Portland Jetport to make improvements to their airfield, enhancing the safety and efficiency of operations and benefitting residents and visitors alike.”

The New England Council is happy to see Portland increase its capacity for visitors and role in regional travel. Read more in News Center Maine and Mainebiz.

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