WASHINGTON, D.C. — Belfast Municipal Airport has received $600,000 in federal funds to construct a fuel farm to make self-service fuel available for aircraft.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, ranking member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced June 28 that Belfast is one of five Maine airports that have received a total of $11,495,847 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program.

“Maine’s airports are vital pieces of our state’s infrastructure that play a critical role not only in transportation and job creation, but also to provide medical services for rural communities in emergencies when seconds count,” Collins said in the announcement. “This critical investment will allow airports across our state to make much-needed improvements to their infrastructure, enhancing the safety and efficiency of operations and benefiting residents and visitors.”

Others that have received funding are:

  • Portland International Jetport, $6,942,191 to realign a section of existing Taxiway A north to eliminate aircraft interference with the Instrument Landing System critical area;
  • Augusta State Airport, $2,139,029 to reconstruct a taxiway;
  • Auburn-Lewiston Airport, $1,619,627 to acquire land for approaches, reconstruct a taxi lane and update an existing taxiway; and
  • Wiscasset Airport, $195,000 to install a runway visual guidance system and obstruction markers.

As ranking member of the subcommittee, Collins was instrumental in securing $3.75 billion for the Airport Improvement Program, including $400 million in supplemental AIP grants, as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill that was signed into law in December.