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Wilmington Airport expands to bring in commercial aviation

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U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons yesterday joined representatives from the Federal Aviation Authority and the Delaware River and Bay Authority to announce a $5.4 million grant for a new 2,800 foot taxiway at the Wilmington Airport.

“Smart investments in our nation’s infrastructure are important to keep us all moving safely, and this $5.4 million grant award from the FAA will help make those vital improvements to the Wilmington airport,” said Carper. “But these investments aren’t just about safety, they create jobs and attract businesses. Aviation supports 2,600 jobs in the First State, and contributes nearly $600 million to our economy each year. That’s a big impact on a small state.”

Taxiways provide a path for airplanes to and from runways. The new section will increase capacity at the airport and make it more attractive for commercial aviation, according toJames E. Salmon, public information officer for theDelaware River and Bay Authority.

In addition, Wilmington Airport plans to add 200 additional parking spaces for $4 million and to expand its existing taxiway with a wider apron for $4.2 million.

Salmon said these changes were necessary to bring commercial flights back to the facility. He noted that the facility’s last commercial client was Frontier Alliance, which left in 2014.

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