The State Government of New York in the US has allocated $50m to facilitate airport modernisation and safety improvement projects.

This funding will be provided to the airports under the Aviation Capital Grant Program, which is part of New York State’s commitment to support airports across the region.

Governor of New York Kathy Hochul said: “Our airports are not just travellers’ first impression of New York State but should be a lasting impression too, and it is critical that we provide them with a world-class airport experience.

“By making investments that will ensure our airports are as efficient and welcoming as possible, we are bettering the state’s transportation infrastructure while also promoting tourism and driving economic growth across New York State.”

Administered by the New York State Department of Transportation, the funding aims to support environmental resilience and regional economic competitiveness of the state’s public-use airports besides enabling safety upgrades and overhaul of operations.

Earlier, the Aviation Capital Grant Program supported a wide range of airport projects such as the installation of new automated weather monitoring systems, the creation and rehabilitation of hangars and aircraft refuelling facilities, as well as new security and access control upgrades.

With this initiative, the government expects to make the surrounding communities more economically competitive with neighbouring states.

New York State Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “By investing in our airports, New York State under Governor Kathy Hochul’s leadership is taking critically important steps that will further establish the Empire State as a leader in global commerce and tourism.

“Aviation grants to local and regional airports not only increase safety, reinvigorate communities and stimulate the creation of well-paying jobs; they will also assure that our local communities stay connected and continue to grow as their economies prosper.”