Senators Carper, Coons, Rep. Carney announce $5 million grant to expand Delaware Airpark

CHESWOLD, Del. – On Monday, August 18, Delaware’s Congressional delegation was joined by Delaware State University President Dr. Harry Williams, Delaware River and Bay Authority Executive Director Scott Green, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Regional Manager Lori Pagnanelli and students from DSU’s aviation program to announce a $5 million dollar grant to update and expand the Delaware Airpark.

This project is Phase XI of an ongoing multi-year project to expand the airport by constructing a new runway, its parallel taxiway, connector taxiways and apron system. It will include site preparation, environmental mitigation and construction of a new airport perimeter road.  Two additional phases remain.

“Today’s grant award announcement to expand the Delaware Airpark is a win-win for Kent County,” U.S. Senator Tom Carper said. “The improvements will not only create jobs, but it will provide a better training facility for students at DSU. This is a great example of the federal government creating a nurturing environment for job growth and job training on the local level.”

“We must continue to invest in America’s infrastructure,” said U.S. Senator Chris Coons. “Investing in our roads, bridges, highways, and our airports leads to jobs and continued economic opportunities. As Delaware Airpark continues to develop, means jobs but also expanded opportunities for the aviation students at Delaware State University and commercial entities.”

“My most important role in Congress is finding ways to put Delawareans back to work, and proper funding and updates to our infrastructure makes that job a lot easier,” noted Congressman John Carney. “A runway extension at Delaware Airpark helps the airport compete for business regionally, enhances Delaware State University’s pilot training courses, and puts Kent County in a better position to take advantage of economic opportunities.  It’s a good project for Kent and all of Delaware.”

The Delaware Airpark is home to 45 based aircraft and Delaware State University’s flight training program.  The aviation facility serves both corporate and recreational flyers year-round. More than $15 million dollars has been invested in this project to improve and enhance Delaware Airpark’s infrastructure.