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Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Upgrades coming to North Country airports

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It's been a big month for North Country airports. Yesterday airports in Plattsburgh, Lake Clear, Watertown and Potsdam received major grants for infrastructure improvement from New York State. That's after multiple regional airports were awarded federal grants earlier this month.

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Sarah Harris
Reporter and Producer

Plattsburgh International Airport received the largest of the state grants: $1 million.

Garry Douglas is president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

He says the money will go to making a bigger parking lot and a bigger terminal.

"The county is hoping to proceed with that first phase of work before the end of this year, consisting of a major expansion of the parking capacity at the airport, and then next year to look for further federal and state funds for the actual expansion of the terminal building itself," Douglas explained. 

Expanding air travel, he says, is import to the North Country’s economic future.

"Where things move is where prosperity occurs. The more you make an area or a corridor a place of efficient dominant movement, particularly in a globalized world, the more success you will inherently have."

At the Adirondack Regional Airport, the grant money will go to building a new hangar for jets. Watertown International airport will use it to improve its terminal. And Potsdam Municipal Airport will improve its self-service fuel system. 

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