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‘These investments will help stimulate local economies and create jobs across Pennsylvania,’ U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said

By: - December 17, 2021 6:10 am

Good Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers.

Okay, let’s get this out of the way right now: Air travel, in our modern age, is mostly a bittersweet symphony of baggage fees, long waits, overpriced soft drinks, and crushed knees in economy-class seats apparently designed by Jawas for other Jawas.

Now take that, and add incidents of pandemic-induced air rage that underscore the insane usefulness of duct tape, and it’s a wonder that any of us stuff ourselves into aluminum cylinders that are entirely dependent upon arcane laws of physics to stay aloft, in the first place.

But some good news, at least: Those interminable wait times and unpleasant confrontations with mask-refusing Karens will take place in moderately more pleasant surroundings thanks to a $70 million infusion of federal money heading to Pennsylvania’s airports courtesy of the new infrastructure law.

“Our commonwealth’s airports connect us to each other and the rest of the world,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said in a statement his office released on Thursday.

“These investments will help stimulate local economies and create jobs across Pennsylvania,” Casey continued, most likely in that trademark soft and calming voice entirely suited for lulling someone into not committing an act of air rage, and instead reading quietly from a three-month-old issue of Sky Mall.

The statement from Casey’s office was the latest iteration of an ongoing public relations blitz by President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill to highlight the benefits of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, even as they try to push the White House’s domestic agenda past a massive, Manchin-shaped obstacle in the U.S. Senate.

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And Casey, ever the White House loyalist, was unrelentingly on-task in the statement his office released, highlighting the economic benefits of the federal money (which, it should be noted, likely will not result in your getting the entire can of Diet Coke).

“I’m proud to say this is just the beginning of infrastructure funding coming to Pennsylvania—over the next few years, we can expect billions of dollars more that will strengthen our communities and our economy,” he said.

Below, via data supplied by Casey’s office, a look at the allocations for Pennsylvania’s airports.



Airport Name



PA Allentown Lehigh Valley International ABE $3,556,614
PA Allentown Allentown Queen City Municipal XLL $295,000
PA Altoona Altoona-Blair County AOO $295,000
PA Beaver Falls Beaver County BVI $295,000
PA Bedford Bedford County HMZ $159,000
PA Bloomsburg Bloomsburg Municipal N13 $159,000
PA Bradford Bradford Regional BFD $295,000
PA Butler Pittsburgh/Butler Regional BTP $295,000
PA Chambersburg Franklin County Regional N68 $110,000
PA Clarion Clarion County AXQ $110,000
PA Clearfield Clearfield-Lawrence FIG $159,000
PA Coatesville Chester County G O Carlson MQS $763,000
PA Connellsville Joseph A Hardy Connellsville VVS $159,000
PA Corry Corry-Lawrence 8G2 $110,000
PA Doylestown Doylestown DYL $295,000
PA DuBois Dubois Regional DUJ $159,000
PA Ebensburg Ebensburg 9G8 $110,000
PA Erie Erie International/Tom Ridge Field ERI $1,404,145
PA Franklin Venango Regional FKL $159,000
PA Gettysburg Gettysburg Regional W05 $110,000
PA Greenville Greenville Municipal 4G1 $159,000
PA Grove City Grove City 29D $110,000
PA Harrisburg Harrisburg International MDT $4,370,263
PA Harrisburg Capital City CXY $159,000
PA Hazleton Hazleton Regional HZL $159,000
PA Indiana Indiana County/Jimmy Stewart Field/ IDI $159,000
PA Johnstown John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County JST $295,000
PA Lancaster Lancaster LNS $295,000
PA Latrobe Arnold Palmer Regional LBE $1,705,533
PA Lehighton Jake Arner Memorial 22N $159,000
PA Lock Haven William T Piper Memorial LHV $159,000
PA Meadville Port Meadville GKJ $159,000
PA Monongahela Rostraver FWQ $159,000
PA Mount Pocono Pocono Mountains Municipal MPO $295,000
PA New Castle New Castle Municipal UCP $159,000
PA Philadelphia Philadelphia International PHL $30,721,947
PA Philadelphia Northeast Philadelphia PNE $763,000
PA Philadelphia Wings Field LOM $295,000
PA Pittsburgh Pittsburgh International PIT $11,031,263
PA Pittsburgh Allegheny County AGC $763,000
PA Pottstown Heritage Field PTW $295,000
PA Pottstown Pottstown Municipal N47 $159,000
PA Pottsville Schuylkill County/Joe Zerbey ZER $159,000
PA Punxsutawney Punxsutawney Municipal N35 $110,000
PA Quakertown Quakertown UKT $159,000
PA Reading Reading Regional/Carl A Spaatz Field RDG $763,000
PA Reedsville Mifflin County RVL $159,000
PA Selinsgrove Penn Valley SEG $159,000
PA Shamokin Northumberland County N79 $159,000
PA Somerset Somerset County 2G9 $159,000
PA St. Mary’s St Mary’s Municipal OYM $159,000
PA State College University Park UNV $1,911,871
PA Titusville Titusville 6G1 $110,000
PA Toughkenamon New Garden N57 $295,000
PA Towanda Bradford County N27 $159,000
PA Washington Washington County AFJ $295,000
PA Wellsboro Wellsboro Johnston N38 $159,000
PA West Chester Brandywine Regional OQN $295,000
PA Wilkes-Barre Wilkes-Barre Wyoming Valley WBW $159,000
PA Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International AVP $2,470,040
PA Williamsport Williamsport Regional IPT $1,013,255
PA Zelienople Zelienople Municipal PJC $295,000
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