HARRISBURG, March 4, 2013 – The Allegheny County Airport will be receiving a $512,000 state grant for the design and construction of hangars.

“The Allegheny County Airport plays an important role in aiding business and commerce in the Pittsburgh area,” said State Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny). “This funding will help position the airport to handle more business in the future.”

The $512,000 grant for the West Mifflin facility was one of 10 funded by the Capitol Budget/Transportation Assistance Program. The grants are made available through bond dollars from Pennsylvania’s General Fund budget. Statewide, the $10 million in grants funds is expected to leverage another $11 million in local matching funds.

Costa said the Allegheny County Airport is the seventh busiest airport in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 75,000 takeoffs and landings per year. The Allegheny County Airport supports a high volume of business and corporate flights every day, while also offering flight instruction, maintenance and flight training for pilots through the on-site Pittsburgh Flight Training Center.

There are 133 public use airports in Pennsylvania.

The grant was approved by the State Transportation Commission on February 14.