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Austin's airport receives $61M in federal grants from FAA

The federal funds are aimed to help keep airport workers employed, fund construction projects and help financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

AUSTIN, Texas — Airports across the country will receive a collective $8 billion from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help keep airport workers employed, fund construction projects and help financial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal funds come from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March. 

The Lone Star State will receive the third-most amount of funds ($689,928,612), according to the allocation list. California will receive the most ($899,826,548), and Florida is slated for the second-most ($724,091,795).

   

There are a plethora of Central Texas airports included in the federal funding allocation. KVUE's Bryce Newberry combed through the list and broke down of how much money local airports will get: 

  • Austin-Bergstrom International: $61,437,443
  • San Marcos Regional: $148,000
  • Georgetown Municipal: $59,000
  • Giddings-Lee County: $32,000
  • Gillespie County: $59,000
  • Lago Vista – Rusty Allen: $32,000
  • Lampasas: $22,000
  • Llano Municipal: $32,000
  • Lockhart Municipal: $32,000
  • Fayette Regional Air Center: $32,000
  • Taylor Municipal: $32,000
  • Burnet Municipal Kate Craddock Field: $32,000
  • Smithville Crawford Municipal: $32,000

“The money will help keep people safe and employed by reimbursing operational expenses, debt service payments and costs related to combating the spread of pathogens at the airport," a release from the FAA said. "Airports can also use the money to provide rent relief to in-terminal retail and concession companies. The funding requires that airports continue to employ at least 90% of their pre-pandemic employees for those airports that cover a majority of the traveling public.”

For additional program information and the amount of funding each airport is eligible for, visit the FAA’s website.

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