U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed $2.8 million at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to support changes and refurbishment efforts for the terminal building.
This award was made by the Department of Transportation using funds from the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, according to a press release.
The surcharge will be used to increase the airport’s energy efficiency by replacing 16,000 square feet of the terminal’s original translucent fiberglass canopy.
“I am pleased that this federal funding from the bipartisan infrastructure bill is going to Manchester Regional Airport to support important infrastructure updates. Investing in these energy efficiency upgrades not only provides a better experience for travelers, but also improves airport operations,” said Shaheen. “MHT is a hub for transportation and economic activity and I will always champion the funding and resources needed to support its growth.”
Hassan agreed that the airport is an indispensable part of the state’s economy and transportation.
“Manchester Regional Airport is a vital transportation and commercial hub for our state, ensuring tourists and locals alike get where they need to go,” Hassan said.
“This funding under the bipartisan Infrastructure Act will help strengthen the airport’s overall physical infrastructure while improving its energy efficiency to ensure it can remain operational for years to come.”
Kuster said she is happy to support and help the airport with investments in efficiency and infrastructure.
“By investing in upgrading and energy efficiency of our airports and infrastructure, we can save money and bring more business to our state — a win-win for New Hampshire,” said Kuster.
“I am thrilled that this funding is going to MHT and was proud to help pass the bipartisan infrastructure package. This landmark legislation will continue to strengthen our infrastructure systems — from our airports and broadband connections to our roads and bridges — and open up new opportunities for the Granite State.”
It’s also important to Pappas to bring money back to New Hampshire for vital efforts to support state infrastructure.
“The improvement and modernization of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is critical to our regional economy and ensuring individuals can travel safely and efficiently,” said Pappas.
Airport Director Ted Kitchens thanked the entire New Hampshire congressional delegation for their work to secure this grant.
“This grant will allow us to replace 16,000 square feet of the original translucent fiberglass canopy that has reached the end of its useful life,” said Kitchens. “The new ceiling will improve natural light and heating efficiency in the terminal, allowing us to reduce our carbon footprint and increase overall energy efficiency.”