Salisbury Airport competing for huge federal grant

Airport officials should know this month if they will receive the $750,000 grant applied for to improve air service by adding routes and destinations and lowering air fare.

They applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Program.

“Thanks to all of our businesses and individuals who supported us by writing letters and-or making pledges. We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of enthusiasm and support from our community,” Dawn Veatch, airport manager, said.

Grants are awarded, in part, on community support and matching grant funds.

“We truly believe that no community comes close in backing their airport as ours does. Thank you again for believing in your airport. We won’t let you down in our efforts to achieve the best air service at the lowest cost for our community,” she wrote in an airport publication.

She encouraged regional supporters to continue sending letters and pledges to match the grant.

See for a form to download, then scan the form and e-mail it to Veatch at

Veatch said airport officials have “committed to the US DOT that we will match the grant funds by 20 percent.”

“Thank you so much for your tremendous support and great ideas, and for sharing this energy with your partners and affiliates,” Veatch wrote.

“We have had an enormous response to our requests and we are proud that we have the great support from our community and our business leaders. We hope to make your airport the best it can be and to serve your needs for the highest quality of air service possible,” she wrote.

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