The city of Frederick received $3.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Frederick Municipal Airport.

The Frederick Municipal Airport is a critical component in the city’s economy, and officials said the grant the city received from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help further business development and growth.

“It will be utilized to remove dirt, basically excavate about 187,000 cubic yards of dirt, and then there’s some utility work that needs to be done like storm draining and some water line relocation,” said Frederick Municipal Airport manager, Rick Johnson.

All of this work is part of the city of Frederick’s plan to extend the airport’s runway an additional 600 feet.

Officials said the grant money is essential in helping the city of Frederick grow its economy.

The Frederick Municipal Airport is the second largest airport in Maryland, and city leaders want to expand their reach to corporate consumers.

“We’ve been working to make Frederick Municipal Airport the preferred executive corporate airport in the Washington D.C. area. We want corporate aviators to come in and fly into our airport and extending the runway and removing obstructions to do that is a big part of that process,” said Richard Griffin, director of economic development for the city of Frederick.

In addition to generating more corporate air-carriers to the city of Frederick, officials said they want to bring in more jobs since aviation in the state of Maryland.

“Frederick Municipal Airport supports 1,300 jobs in the economy and almost $180 million of annual economic impact,” Griffin said. 

“Ultimately, it’s all about a revenue stream. We’re increasing the opportunities to revenue,” Johnson said.

At this time, there is not a date set for completion.