PLATTSBURGH Plattsburgh International Airport has received a $475,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Aviation Administration. Congressman John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, made the announcement Sept. 11, stating the award will provide the airport with necessary funding for the demolition of former FB-111 shelters at the airport. The former FB-111 shelters are situated on the existing apron which conflicts with the development of hangars and their respective taxi-lanes. The project is being funded under the Airport Improvement Program's Military Airport Program. Receiving federal grants from DOT is critical to ensuring that rural airports remain viable, which is a priority of mine in Congress," stated McHugh. "This grant will help Plattsburgh International Airport move forward into the future, and ensure ongoing and safe civilian operations at the airport. I am very pleased that DOT chose to fund this project, and I look forward to continuing to support rural airports in our region.