HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — After tallying more than 10,000 paid commercial air service passenger boardings last year, Hagerstown Regional Airport has secured a $1 million entitlement through the Federal Aviation Administration.

Airport Director Phil Ridenour tells the Herald-Mail that the funds will be spent on infrastructure improvements, general upkeep and safety projects. Ridenour says the airport would have received only $150,000 had it not eclipsed the 10,000-passenger mark.

He says the money could also be used to offset the county’s contribution to a new aircraft crash truck.

FAA statistics show 10,207 passenger boardings for Allegiant Air and Sun Air flights in the 2012 calendar year. That’s up from a total of 5,618 in 2011, when only Cape Air commuter service was offered. The airport also surpassed 10,000 boardings in 2009 and 2010.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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