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Frederick Municipal Airport Gets a Stimulus Boost

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By Meymo Lyons

In Maryland, the Frederick Municipal Airport is getting an infusion of stimulus cash for an air traffic control tower. Senators Benjamin Cardin and Barbara Mikulski say the Federal Aviation Administration has granted final approval to the project. It will be funded with $4.8 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The airport caters mainly to private pilots and has no commercial passenger service. Still, it is the second-busiest airport in Maryland, with more than 130,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Officials say they expect operations to increase to 165,000 takeoffs and landings by 2025.

The Frederick-based Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says many corporate aircraft operators prefer to fly into airports with towers.

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