Kaptur Announces Nearly $50 Million in Federal Funds to Support Northern Ohio Airports During Coronavirus Pandemic
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur announced $49,426,696 in federal funding for airports across Northern Ohio as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed last month by Congress. The legislation includes $10 billion in funds to be awarded as economic relief to eligible U.S. airports affected by the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the COVID-19. These funds are being administered by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
“I am pleased to announce that airports across our region have been awarded federal economic relief funding to offset the losses associated with the prevention, preparation, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Americans across Northern Ohio depend on these airports, whether it be for business or recreation. Ensuring these airports remain fully operational throughout and after the COVID-19 pandemic is of the utmost importance. I am pleased to have worked with my colleagues in Congress to ensure airports and those who depend on them throughout Northern Ohio receive the federal support they need as we all weather this crisis.”
Grant recipients and amounts below:
- Cleveland-Hopkins International: $46,301,326
- Kelley’s Island Land Field: $20,000
- Lorain County Regional: $69,000
- Middle Bass Island: $20,000
- North Bass Island: $20,000
- Erie-Ottawa International: $69,000
- Put-in-Bay: $20,000
- Toledo Express: $2,907,370
- Toledo Executive: $30,000
The CARES Act provides funds to increase the federal share to 100 percent for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and supplemental discretionary grants already planned for fiscal year 2020. Under normal circumstances, AIP grant recipients contribute a matching percentage of the project costs. Providing this additional funding and eliminating the local share will allow critical safety and capacity projects to continue as planned regardless of airport sponsors’ current financial circumstances.
Additionally, the CARES Act provides new funds distributed by various formulas for all airports that are part of the national airport system. This includes all commercial service airports, all reliever airports and some public-owned general aviation airports.
Under this new CARES Airport Program:
- Primary commercial service airports, with more than 10,000 annual passenger boardings, will receive additional funds based on the number of annual boardings, in a similar way to how they currently receive AIP entitlement funds.
- All commercial service airports will receive funds based on the number of passengers that board aircraft there, the amount of debt an airport has, and the amount of money the airport has in reserve.
- General aviation airports will receive funds based on their airport categories, such as National, Regional, Local, Basic and Unclassified.
- The FAA plans to make these funds available in April, and airport sponsors should work with their local Office of Airports field office. The FAA will provide additional guidance on the CARES Airport Program next week.