Nearly $6.5M in federal grants awarded to mid-Michigan airports | News

Almost $6.5 million in federal grants will be granted to 5 mid-Michigan airports.

Congressman Dan Kildee revealed the grants on Wednesday, June 23. The grants are targeted at balancing out the financial effect brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The airports can utilize the financing to avoid, get ready for and react to the pandemic.

The $6,456,768 in grants were granted through the U.S. Department of Transport’s Airport Rescue Grants as part of the American Rescue Strategy.

“This pandemic is not over, and our local airports still need help to maintain safe operations,” Kildee stated. “These grants are critical to support the economic recovery of our mid-Michigan airports, which have faced decreased passenger traffic and increased costs throughout the pandemic. I am pleased to announce that help is on the way for our local airports, and I am committed to bringing critical resources to Michigan.”

Bishop Airport Director Nino Sapone provided the following declaration:

“We will be preparing our budget for the 2022 fiscal year to incorporate the use of these funds. In addition, a portion of the funds will be used to provide relief to our concessionaires (rental car agencies, gift shop and restaurant) in the form of rent and minimum annual guarantee abatements.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.