US Rep Guinta Visits Eastern Slopes Regional Airport for Expansion Update


MANCHESTER, N.H. – Today, Congressman Frank Guinta visited the Eastern Slopes Regional Airport (ESRA) in Fryeburg, ME to meet with the Board of Directors to discuss their action plan for infrastructure development and airport expansion. Airports are a vital part of New Hampshire’s transportation infrastructure and promote local economic development and job creation.


ESRA is the only aviation access point for North Conway and the Mt. Washington Valley area. During his visit, Congressman Guinta met with a member of the airports Board of Directors, Carl Thibodeau, to discuss its existing infrastructure as well as participate in a detailed walkthrough of the airports future expansion plans.


The Eastern Slopes and Mt Washington Valley area is one of the state’s most popular tourist areas, but remains one of the least accessible for air travel with no New Hampshire regional airport inside a 50 mile radius.  Tourism is our state’s second largest industry, creating thousands of jobs and countless economic opportunities for small businesses, it is imperative that these areas be accessible. The expansion and improvement of the Eastern Slopes Airport is vital to strengthening our state’s tourism industry and I look forward to continuing to work with local and federal stakeholders to see this project through to a successful completion.”


Congressman Guinta hosted a roundtable with airport authorities in April and as a result ESAA board members were able to apply for a grant, issued by the Northern Border Regional Commission, that would fund the improvements needed to help maintain the airports role as a leader of the region’s transportation infrastructure.


Congressman Guinta and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) sent letters to the Northern Border Regional Commission in support of the funding. Both the Conway and Fryeburg municipalities have unanimously voted in support of investing in the airport and the MaineDOT has agreed to contribute a matching share.