Airports in Florida and all over the country are facing significant issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and funding coming from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) act will be going to help 100 Florida airports who desperately need it. The CARES Act allocated $10 billion to go to aid airports around the country, with $896 million to go to airports in Florida.
One airport that will be receiving this aid is Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) in West Palm Beach, a local airport that the writer of this very article regularly utilizes. PBIA is set to receive more than 36 million of this aid, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Other airports receiving these funds include Miami International Airport, which will be receiving the most substantial amount of funding, almost $207 million. Also, Ft Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (close to $135 million), Key West International ($21.7 million).
Smaller airports will also receive funds: Miami-Opa Locka Executive and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport will receive $157,000 each in funding, Miami Homestead Aviation will receive $30,000, and both North Palm Beach County General Aviation and Palm Beach County Park Aviation will receive 69,000 each.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao had this to say about airports receiving funds from the grant program:
“This $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the continued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs”.
These funds will go towards two purposes, continuing airport operation and replacing lost revenue due to lack of air traffic, according to Secretary Chao, the goal is to ensure that airport workers can maintain their employment.
The FAA will be handling the grant-agreement process, and FAA Administrator, Steve Dickson says that these airports are in desperate need of these funds.
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