Bailey, Hale, Floyd, and Swisher Counties were among airports to receive federal grants from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act this week.
In a press release from the United States Department of Transportation sent out earlier this week, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will award $811,535,430 in grants to 210 airports across Texas through the CARES Act Airport Grant Program. When reached by The Herald last week, both Hale County and Floyd County airport managers were unaware they were receiving grants. On Friday, Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn sent out a news release acknowledging Hale County’s funding.
The Hale County Airport is slated to receive $30,000. The Floydada Municipal Airport is also set to receive $30,000 while the City of Tulia/Swisher County Municipal Airport will get $20,000. The Muleshoe Municipal Airport will also receive $20,000.
“As Texas reels from the economic destruction caused by the coronavirus outbreak, it’s important our airports have the resources they need to weather the storm,” Sen. Cornyn said in Friday’s news release. “I commend both the Trump Administration and leaders in Muleshoe who worked to secure these funds during this trying time.”
The CARES Act was enacted by President Donald Trump on March 27 and includes $10 billion in funding for eligible U.S. airports, according to faa.gov/airports/cares_act/.
According to the news release from the U.S. DOT, the purpose of the funding is to help airports “continue operations and replace lost revenue” caused by the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.
“The funds are available for airport capital expenditures, airport operating expenses including payroll and utilities, and airport debt payments,” the news release reads.