Tester Announces Upgrade To Bert Mooney Airport

Senator Voted for Agreement that will Deliver $683,965 For Snow Removal Equipment

(Big Sandy, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced a grant that will allow Butte’s Bert Mooney Airport to invest in snow removal equipment, as part of his initiative to #ConnectMT.

The grant, worth $683,965, will make flying in winter conditions safer and more efficient. Tester was the only member of Montana’s delegation to vote for the bipartisan agreement that delivered the money through the Federal Aviation Administration’s grant program.

“Snow doesn’t stop the people of Butte from going about their business, and it doesn’t stop them from traveling during the winter,” said Tester, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds airport grants. “This grant will make air travel to and from Butte safer, boosting the economy and keeping the community connected year-round.”

“This equipment will significantly reduce the time it takes to clear the runways and taxiways,” said Airport Director Pam Chamberlin. “We are extremely grateful to the Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and Senator Tester for their continued support to airports and their infrastructure.”

Tester’s #ConnectMT initiative has yielded big results for air travel in Montana. He recently secured a grant worth $190,000 to construct a new terminal building at Bert Mooney Airport, and last month delivered over $20 million in grants to airports across the state.