A $3.8 million improvement scheme for airports in Pennsylvania will help sustain and increase the number of aviation jobs in the state.
The funding – which will come from both state and federal sources – will be spent on eight of the state’s airports, and will largely be spent on improving infrastructure at the airports in question, to allow for increased air traffic flow.
In announcing the funding, Pennsylvania governor, Tom Corbett, said that the funding was crucial to help an industry that is integral to the state’s economy.
“I support creating and sustaining jobs across all sectors of our economy, and transportation is no exception,” Governor Corbett said. “The aviation industry employs more than 290,000 people statewide, which is nearly 5 percent of the state workforce. These investments go directly to improving operations at the airports that are responsible for so many jobs.”
The Pennsylvania Department of Transport stumped up some $85,726 towards the total sum, which was taken directly from revenues earned from the state’s jet fuel taxes. Some $3.7 million is being provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is being drawn from taxes collected nationally on airline tickets, freight waybills, international departure fees, and sale of aviation fuel.