This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a $700,000 grant award to the St. Johns County Airport Authority through the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP).
“This funding award reflects the expanding federal investment in Northeast Florida’s transportation network,” said Representative John Rutherford. “The Northeast Florida Regional Airport is located in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation and this funding will enhance their efforts to expand transportation options for our citizens and will benefit our local, state and national economy. Thank you to Secretary Buttigieg for this continued investment in our region.”
“The U.S. Department of Transportation has provided an exceptional level of support to our nation’s airports during the global pandemic, and this grant award will provide an opportunity to restore scheduled passenger air service to our community,” said Ed Wuellner, Executive Director, Northeast Florida Regional Airport.
The Small Community Air Service Development Program was developed to assist underserved communities and enhance air service offerings. Twenty-two communities across the nation will benefit from this week’s $18 million funding announcement through grants ranging from $425,000 to $1,000,000.
Student accommodations would be an amazing asset to the airport. A top notch flight school like Phoenix East Aviation would thrive being located so close to JAX. It would give them some distance from ERAU and keep them in proximity to the new local carriers.
Concerned Citizen says
As a pilot with over 3,000 hours I agree.
When used properly our local airports are great assets. A top notch flight school also provides jobs in the area. And yes help full fill distance requirements. Will be following this to see how it pans out.
Our poor local airport gets beat to death with student traffic. We really don’t see much revenue from it. They could move north and be a staple in that market.