04.15.20

Leahy, Sanders, Welch Announce More Than $9 Million In Grants To Support Vermont’s Airports

(WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2020) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Senator Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.), and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) Wednesday announced $9,020,115 in grants to support 10 Vermont airports during the COVID-19 crisis.  The funds are part of $10 billion in federal assistance for airports included in the CARES Act that was passed by Congress and signed into law last month.  As Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy played a leading role in securing the funding for Vermont.

In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said:  “This public health crisis will continue to interrupt Vermonters’ lives for the coming weeks and months.  One of those necessary disruptions includes canceled air travel for business meetings, vacations and family celebrations.  These cancelations are having a severe impact on the finances of Vermont’s airports.  These funds will help ensure that when we emerge from this pandemic our airports will be in a position to welcome people and business to Vermont.”

Burlington International Airport Director Of Aviation Gene Richards said:  “The Burlington International Airport is grateful for the dedicated funding needed during these challenging times, which will be used for debt obligations as well as operating expenses to maintain this great airport.  We have had extraordinary years and are looking forward to recovering in the months ahead.”

These funds will help the airports meet their operating expenses, continue current construction and fulfill ongoing needs.  When the CARES Act was passed last month, the aviation industry nationally was experiencing an 80 percent decline in passenger traffic and is expected to face even more severe financial and operational impacts in the weeks and months ahead.

The 10 grants to Vermont include:

State

City

Airport Name

LOC_ID

Totals

VT

Barre

Edward F Knapp State

MPV

 

$30,000

 

VT

Bennington

William H Morse State

DDH

 

$30,000

 

VT

Burlington

Burlington International

BTV

 

$8,701,115

 

VT

Lyndonville

Caledonia County

CDA

 

$30,000

 

VT

Middlebury

Middlebury State

6B0

 

$30,000

 

VT

Morrisville

Morrisville-Stowe State

MVL

 

$30,000

 

VT

Newport

Northeast Kingdom International

EFK

 

$30,000

 

VT

Rutland

Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional

RUT

 

$69,000

 

VT

Springfield

Hartness State (Springfield)

VSF

 

$20,000

 

VT

Swanton

Franklin County State

FSO

 

$30,000

 

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