U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced CARES Act funding for local airports across Central and Southwestern Illinois. The CARES Act Airport Grant Program funds can be used for airport capital expenditures, airport operating expenses including payroll and utilities, and airport debt payments. The grants will support continued operations and offset lost revenue due to decline in passenger ridership and other commercial business due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Like so many, airports have been hard hit by the slowing of our economy due to coronavirus and this funding will help them get through this difficult time," said Davis. "It will ensure they can still operate when necessary and continue to pay their employees."
“This $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the continued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“Thank you to the dedicated men and women from the FAA’s Office of Airports for creating an entirely new program in record time to assist airport sponsors in desperate need of these funds,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.
“We are very happy the CARES Act is providing critical relief to the University of Illinois Willard Airport, and would like to thank Congressman Davis for his support during these challenging times," said Tim Bannon, Executive Director, Willard Airport. "We have been significantly impacted across the majority of our businesses at Willard. This funding will be used for operating expenses such as staff salaries, maintenance, safety, security, and other necessary expenses to keep the airport fully operational during this pandemic. We remain optimistic that when the pandemic shows signs of slowing, and states allow travel once again, that confidence in air travel will increase and demand will follow. We look forward to a full recovery, in the meantime this critical funding will allow us to remain fully operational.”
“This funding is significant, in that it will help keep the airport operationally and financially stable in the short term during this pause in economic activity. Should a recovery be imminent, these funds will assist us to ensure the airport will be staffed, maintained and equipped to support normalized operations," said Mark Hanna, Executive Director, Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
“The economic impact of COVID-19 is being felt throughout our community. Funding from the CARES Act and support from Congressman Davis ensures that the Decatur Airport will remain a viable gateway for connecting business and tourism in our area. These resources will aid in helping our community thrive by investing in airport projects that promote additional safety and capacity projects that spur economic development,” stated Tim Wright, Decatur Airport Director.
Grant recipient and award amount:
St. Louis Regional Airport, Alton, $69,000
Central Illinois Regional Airport, Bloomington, $4,632,066
Decatur Airport, Decatur, $17,494,522
Litchfield Municipal Airport, Litchfield, $30,000
University of Illinois Willard Airport, Savoy, $1,838,071
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, $4,661,086
Taylorville Municipal Airport, Taylorville, $30,000