Portman Announces Federal Aviation Administration CARES Act Grants to Assist Ohio Regional Airports Impacted By COVID-19

September 25, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC —Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded nearly $1.4 million in federal grants to the Rickenbacker International, the Alexander Salamon Airport, and the Vinton County Airport to help provide economic relief for lost revenue due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement builds on the nearly $123 million in federal grants that Ohio airports have received.

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 by President Trump. 

“A functioning and effective aviation industry is critical to our U.S. economy. During this ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel has significantly changed, thus leaving the aviation industry in a tough economic position,” said Portman. “I’m pleased to see that these regional airports have received this funding thanks to the CARES Act. The CARES Act funding is helping airports like Rickenbacker International, the Alexander Salamon Airport, and the Vinton County Airport continue to serve Ohio. Beyond this assistance, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure Ohioans have the resources they need during these uncertain times.”  

The following airports received grants: 

Rickenbacker International Airport                    $1,321,033

Alexander Salamon Airport                                $ 24,200

Vinton County Airport                                         $ 6,500

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