Newark - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) today announced the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded nearly $2 million to local New Jersey airports for safety improvements and to increase capacity.

"Our airports are an essential driver of our economy - key to our competitiveness and local tourism. These funds will help ensure that New Jersey can continue accommodating safely and comfortably tens of millions of travelers each year. By making these airport improvements, we're not only helping to ensure that flights are safe and on time, we're also creating desperately needed construction jobs," said Menendez. "This is a win-win for travelers and for the economic development of the region."

"These federal grants will keep local New Jersey airports safe, up-to-date and reliable," stated Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development. "New Jersey is a major transportation hub and this funding will help us welcome tourists, accommodate business travelers and strengthen our economy."

The following airports will be awarded FAA grants:

Woodbine Municipal Airport in Cape May County: $928,770 to construct additional airport capacity and increase access to the existing airfield facilities.

Cape May County Airport: $104,975 to improve the runway safety area.

Morristown Municipal Airport: $769,800 to make runway safety improvements.