Butterfield Applauds Pitt-Greenville Airport on $2.5 Million Grant

Sep 19, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) applauds the recent announcement of a $2.5 million grant to Pitt-Greenville Airport from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The funding will be used to make infrastructure improvements to the airport’s runway and are part of a continuing partnership with the FAA. 

“The continued funding that Pitt-Greenville Airport has received is a key step in ensuring that the Airport provides efficient and safe transportation options to its customers,” said Butterfield.  “These funds will continue to spur job creation in Greenville, Pitt County, and eastern North Carolina through construction contracts and long-term business activity.  It is my hope that continued improvements to the Pitt-Greenville Airport will result in additional air service at the growing airport.  I applaud the Pitt-Greenville community for making the needed improvements to its airport and I am pleased that DOT remains committed to improving air travel in the region.”

Pitt-Greenville Airport was originally constructed in the 1940s and underwent renovations in 2011 to provide commercial air service.  Butterfield and Greenville-area officials have long advocated for the expansion of the Pitt-Greenville Airport to better connect eastern North Carolina with other airports throughout the country.  Butterfield has also supported the Pitt County-City of Greenville Airport Authority of North Carolina’s application for additional funding under DOT’s Small Community Air Service Development Program in an effort to attract other airlines to the airport.  Earlier this year, Butterfield and Representative Walter B. Jones, Jr. (NC-03) invited DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx to visit the airport and see firsthand the economic development opportunities it presents.