Pennsylvania airports received a boost last week as four facilities gained $10.5 million from the federal stimulus package, including $5 million for Philadelphia International Airport for runway rehabilitation.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood met with top state lawmakers, including Gov. Edward Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, and U.S. Sens. Arlen Specter and Bob Casey, at the Philadelphia airport, part of his three-day tour of stimulus projects in the Northeast.

“This money will put people to work at airports across Pennsylvania while providing an important investment in aviation safety and efficiency,” LaHood said in a press release.

In addition, Lancaster Airport will gain $3.5 million for upgrades to a taxiway, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport will receive $1 million each for infrastructure improvements.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration will allocate $1.1 billion of stimulus funds to 3,400 qualified airports throughout the country.

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