U.S. senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) today welcomed $2 million headed to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to support its air cargo capacity.

The funding will help construct an apron and two taxiway connectors as part of the airport’s new air cargo facility. This facility will support the delivery of e-commerce goods throughout New England, creating high-paying jobs at the airport and helping local businesses transport their goods at lower costs.

The award includes funding through the American Rescue Plan in support of fiscal year 2021 Airport Improvement Program grants.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced this grant as part of a $479.1 million package, with funding from FY21 Supplemental Discretionary and American Rescue Plan Act.

“I’m thrilled to welcome over $2 million to MHT to support the airport’s role in delivering goods to households and businesses across New England,” Shaheen said in a statement.

“The pandemic showed just how important e-commerce is to connecting families with the products they need, and this funding will help cement MHT’s role as a leader for air cargo in the region. This grant will also help create good-paying jobs and lower transportation costs for local businesses to deliver their goods.”

Hassan said the funding for the airport will help boost the economy, lower costs for small businesses and create high-paying jobs for the Granite State.

Pappas said the airport upgrades to increase the air cargo capacity will help lower delivery times and costs for the state and its small businesses.

Airport Director Ted Kitchens said he welcomed the funding.

“The funding provided under the FAA grant will assist the airport in constructing a common use apron supporting our new cargo facility,” Kitchens said.

“The new cargo facility will augment our current air cargo portfolio and provide additional warehouse and air freight capabilities, enabling the airport to grow our air cargo footprint. Through this grant funding and our new state-of-the-art air cargo facility, we can enhance regional connectivity to the vital world of e-commerce.”

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