Moran: Hays airport will receive $1M via federal CARES Act

Joanna Estrada
April 15, 2020

The Trump administration on Tuesday announced that USA commercial and general aviation airports will receive $10 billion in relief amid the coronavirus crisis.

The grant is part of a $10 billion package of aid disbursed through the CARES Act stimulus package for airports struggling under travel restrictions meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

ORIGINAL STORY: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced today the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $231,448,014 in airport aid to 30 airports in Nevada to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The application and allocation process is slated to conclude by April 21.

"We are still waiting for guidance from the FAA on how this funding will be programmed and implemented".

Broome County aviation commissioner Mark Heefner said no specific uses have been determined for the special funding that was announced Tuesday.

The money will help both large and small airports pay for capitol improvements, operating expenses including payroll and utilities and keep up on debt payments at a time when air travel limits are having a severe impact on airport revenue. "More federal help will be needed to support these key travel connections throughout OR, but I am gratified these resources are en route to ensure our state's airports will continue running in communities that rely on them for travel, the transport of goods and more".

The rest of the 62 grants to Washington airports ranged in size from $5.8 million for the Tri-Cities Airport to $1,000 for municipal airports in Rosalia and Cle Elum. American, United, Delta, Southwest, JetBlue, Alaska and Frontier are among the airlines agreeing to the terms.

Meanwhile, struggling USA airlines finally have a deal in principle with the Trump administration to get a share of $25 billion in federal coronavirus relief that they were supposed to get last week. Negotiations continue with others.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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