Feds Earmark $8.9 Million for JFK Improvements

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Friday that $8.9 million in new federal funding will go for runway and airfield upgrades at Kennedy Airport.

The senators believe the funding will reduce the time planes spend on the ground while also improving safety.

The announcement on Friday was cheered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Cuomo said the upgrades will help the region improve “its ability to meet the demands of modern air travel.”

News of the additional funding comes just weeks after Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced a $4 billion plan to overhaul the city’s other airport, LaGuardia Airport.

Both airports, as well as nearby Newark, annually rank among being the worst for travel delays.