Nearly $1.5 million in funding will go to a general aviation terminal building.
CANANDAIGUA — Later this year, work is expected to begin on a general aviation terminal building at the Canandaigua Airport, according to Ontario County Economic Development Developer Michael Manikowski.
And $1.485 million in funding will help construction take flight.
“We want a high-quality aviation gateway to Ontario County for businesses, residents and tourists,” said Manikowski, who added that design work on the proposed 3,000-square-foot structure is underway.
The airport project is part of $20.5 million awarded to airports across the state. Projects at the Finger Lakes Regional Airport in Seneca Falls and Williamson-Sodus Airport in Wayne County also received funding, according to state Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, noting the importance airports play in growing the local economy.
“As we continue to see increased demand for local airport use, this funding will allow these airports to modernize and expand and ensure the safest air travel to and from these areas of the region,” Helming said in a prepared statement announcing the funding. “It will also help maximize future investment in these airports from the Federal Aviation Administration, by growing the number of aircraft based at the airports to qualify for additional federal funds.”
The Canandaigua terminal building would serve as office space for the airport manager and have conference and lounge space where pilots can do flight planning and business and other travelers can meet, Manikowski said.
In 2015, 21,000 total operations, which include itinerant, military and general aviation use, were counted at the Canandaigua Airport in 2015. For 2035, aviation use at the airport is expected to rise to 27,000 operations.
Facilities such as this would help make that happen.
“We are trying to attract more business to Ontario County,” Manikowski said.
Other airports and counties also are trying to lure business there.
The Wayne County airport will be receiving $1.07 million for the construction of an 18-unit T-hangar, which according to Williamson Flying Club President Steve Murray will help to address the growing demand for aircraft based at the facility.
“The airport generates over $2.6 million in local economic activity, and we are committed to supporting our local businesses and community in Wayne and surrounding counties,” Murray said in a prepared statement.
Finger Lakes Regional Airport received nearly $662,500 for a new Jet-A fuel farm, which will allow larger aircraft to fuel at the facility.