Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) issued the following statement urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to approve funds to complete the Ogdensburg International Airport’s proposed runway extension:

“The runway extension plan at Ogdensburg International Airport would help facilitate low fare airline service to the region, expanding commerce, tourism and our local economy,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I was pleased to meet with representatives of the FAA recently in my Washington office to discuss this important project, and I urge the FAA to allocate these important funds to immediately begin providing construction jobs and low air fare to our North Country residents.”

Right now the FAA is considering the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority’s application for more than $14 million for this runway extension project. After the proposed expansion, the airport will support between 125 and 135 jobs, compared to 53 in 2010. In addition, the total amount of direct and indirect economic activity that Ogdensburg International Airport  produces could nearly double by 2017. The runway expansion will also bring an estimated 38,000 new passengers and their resources into the North Country.