Portman Announces Additional Federal Aviation Administration CARES Act Grants to Assist Dayton-area Airports Impacted By COVID-19

May 1, 2020 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded two Dayton-area airports $14.6 million in federal grants to help provide economic relief for lost revenue because of COVID-19.  James M. Cox International Airport received $14.5 million, and Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport received $69,000.  

Earlier this week Portman announced that the FAA awarded five Northeast Ohio airports with more than $46.5 million in federal grants. In addition, Portman announced 28 Ohio airports with more than $42.1 million in federal grants.  Yesterday, Portman announced five additional FAA grants to help address the impacts of Covid-19.  In total, Ohio airports have received $103.4 million in federal grants.

These grants come from funds accessible thanks to the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Portman supported and was signed into law recently by President Trump. Portman released the following statement:   

“A functioning and effective aviation industry is critical to our U.S. economy. During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel has significantly changed, almost nearly halted, thus leaving the aviation industry in a tough economic position,” said Portman. “I’m pleased to see this CARES Act rescue money helping this industry so these airports can continue to serve Ohio, and beyond this assistance, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.”