Deteriorated passenger bridges at Albany airport to be replaced

By Jake Lahut

Albany International Airport will receive more than $3 million in federal funding to replace deteriorating passenger bridges that are used by 90 percent of its passengers to board aircraft.

The funds, announced by the Capital Region’s federal representatives, will pay for three new passenger bridges at gates A4, B11, and C2 for United, American, and Southwest airlines, respectively.

Airport spokesman Doug Myers described the three passenger bridges, which are 18 to 20 years old, as having “deteriorated beyond the point of repair.”

The funding is being allocated through the Federal Aviation Administration.

Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand along with Rep. Paul Tonko, announced the funding.

“This is a big win for Albany International,” said Tonko.

“With this funding, the Albany International Airport will be able to make the critical infrastructure upgrades to its passenger boarding bridges, which will increase safety and efficiency for the passengers and pilots that fly in and out of the Albany area every day,” said Schumer.

Gillibrand underscored the importance of investments in infrastructure, emphasizing safety.

“Investing in our airport’s infrastructure enables safer, more efficient service for the businesses and travelers who utilize it every day,” she said.