Donatucci announces $320K grant for airport improvements

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 – State Rep. Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, has announced a total of $319,987 in grant funding to United Airlines for necessary infrastructure upgrades to ensure environmental impact standards are followed.

“I am proud to announce that United Airlines will be receiving this grant funding. It is imperative to continually update our technology to ensure the safety of both the environment and workers,” Donatucci said. “We remain committed to advancing our infrastructure and serving our community.”

The purpose of the United Airlines project, which has been allocated the funding, is to improve air quality and reduce emissions from mobile sources by removing older, diesel-powered airport ground support equipment -- cargo loaders and equipment tugs -- from service and replacing them with all-electric airport ground support equipment.

United Airlines is a major U.S. passenger airline service with a base of operations at the Philadelphia International Airport. In total, the project proposed to replace seven pieces of diesel-powered GSE. “We must continue to adapt and innovate considering our impact on the environment and the changing climate conditions,” Donatucci noted. “This is critical for long-term sustainability.”

The funding is part of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Driving PA Forward grant program. Funding was awarded to 13 cleaner-fuel transportation projects that will improve air quality in communities around the state.