The Federal Aviation Administration is helping US airports as they recover from the pandemic, including the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
The United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration will provide $ 8 billion in grants to keep U.S. airport workers in jobs, construction projects, and help U.S. airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding for grants comes from American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which was enacted on March 11.
“Airport rescue grants are keeping workers at work and helping the aviation industry recover as more Americans get vaccinated and start traveling again,” US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement. communicated.
Sky Harbor is expected to receive a total of $ 158 million under the program. About $ 138.8 million has been set aside to support airport operations and an additional $ 19.2 million will support vendors operating at the airport. Of this amount, $ 15.4 million is intended for small businesses.
The $ 8 billion total will provide economic relief for airports, help keep people working and pay for costs related to COVID-19 prevention. Airports can also use the money to provide rent relief to retail businesses and terminal concessionaires. The funding requires airports to continue to employ at least 90% of their employees before the pandemic.
As part of the airport rescue grant program:
- The main commercial service airports will share approximately $ 6.5 billion based on the number of annual boardings.
- An additional $ 800 million will be made available to major commercial service airports to provide intra-terminal airport concession rent relief and minimum annual guarantees, including $ 640 million for small scale relief. concessions and $ 160 million for the relief of large airport concessions.
- Non-primary commercial service and general aviation airports will share $ 100 million based on their airport categories, such as national, regional, local and grassroots.
- The remaining $ 8 billion funds will be used to cover an airport’s share of costs on grants through the FAA Airport improvement program as good as additional discretionary grants. This means that airports are unlikely to have to pay their share of a given project.
“The FAA is committed to working with the aviation industry as it recovers from the impacts of the pandemic,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said in a statement. “These airport rescue grants provide the necessary support to airports across our country as we recover from the impacts of the pandemic.”