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

April 27, 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 awarded five Northeast Ohio airports with over $46.5 million in federal grants to help provide economic relief for lost revenue because of COVID-19. The following airports received grants: The Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport received $46.3 million, Wayne County received $69,000, Columbiana County Airport Authority received $30,000, Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland received $157,000, and Ashtabula County Airport Authority received $20,000.

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.  These grants are good news for those who travel in and out of Northeast Ohio. 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 Northeast 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.”