THE US Federal Aviation Administration is to award US$7.9 million to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), in Manchester, New Hampshire, US, to help build a new air cargo facility that is expected to support the e-commerce boom.
The funding award will support the second phase of the construction of a 31,000 square-metre cargo facility apron to better serve the needs of the airport.
MHT partnered with Aeroterm in February 2021 to develop the air cargo facility, which will include the aircraft apron, taxiway connectors, utility relocation and an access road, reports London's Air Cargo News.
The funding comes through a congressional directed spending request that US Senator Jeanne Shaheen secured through the FY2022 omnibus federal spending bill that passed earlier this year.
"I'm thankful for the leadership of Senator Shaheen in securing additional federal funding to support the continued development of a critical piece of infrastructure at the Manchester Airport," said Ted Kitchens, airport director for MHT. "This cargo apron provides critical access for New Hampshire and all of Northern New England to the world of e-commerce and will assist in resolving supply chain issues."
Ms Shaheen added: "I'm thrilled to see over $7 million I secured heading to MHT, which serves as a critical hub of transportation and travel across New England. This new cargo facility apron will improve the transport of air cargo and lower transportation costs, while supporting local businesses and creating good-paying jobs in the process."
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