Fairfield’s Essex County Airport and Morristown Municipal Airport have been awarded a combined $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement program to make needed infrastructure and safety upgrades.
Essex County Airport was awarded $3 million for runway rehabilitation, while Morristown Municipal Airport will receive $2.5 million to improve its runway safety area.
Earlier this year, Essex County Airport was awarded $144,900 to remove tree obstructions from the runway. Morristown Municipal Airport was awarded a combined $7.7 million in federal funding for runway safety improvements in separate grants for $7,021,659 in May and $448,341 and $300,000 in June.
U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and U.S. Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11th District-N.J., announced the funding on Thursday.
“When I was in flight school, I learned the importance of a safe runway and landing approach,” Sherrill said. “Our airports in Essex and Morris counties are central hubs in the North Jersey transportation corridor, and this federal funding will improve critical infrastructure and increase safety. We will continue to bring federal tax dollars back to New Jersey.”