St. John Valley

Northern Aroostook Regional Airport to receive $3.3 million in federal funding

FRENCHVILLE, Maine — A northern Maine airport that provides critical medical transportation to area residents will receive $3.3 million in funding from the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Northern Aroostook Regional Airport in Frenchville will receive $3,300,000 to construct a taxiway and reconstruct an aircraft parking apron.

Airport Manager Matt Derosier said the construction of a new parallel taxiway will significantly increase airport safety. 

“Essentially, if there would be a lack of communication with a couple of aircraft, we wouldn’t have one aircraft drive down the runway while another is trying to land safety,” Derosier said.  

The airport mostly hosts private medical flights, about a dozen each month from Lifeflight of Maine, Patient AirLift Services (PALS), and Angel Flight NE, according to Derosier. 

The airport also accommodates personal aircraft, with the majority in the summer months.  

The federal funds will not only benefit the infrastructure of the airport with regard to safety, but help support basic maintenance of the airport and provide work for local contractors.

Ed Pelletier and Sons of Madawaska will provide construction services for the project, which Derosier said he anticipates to begin sometime this fall and wrap up next summer. 

Since January 2017, the Trump Administration has delivered $13.5 billion to America’s airports to improve infrastructure and safety. In 2020, the Administration delivered $10 billion in economic assistance to America’s airports during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Ten other Maine airports, including Bangor International Airport were also recipients of the latest round of FFA funding, announced Sept 1. 

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