WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $9.39 million to West Virginia airports to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
A release from the DOT stated that a total of $9,398,777 in airport aid has been awarded to 23 airports across the state. This includes several airports in north central West Virginia, including North Central West Virginia Airport in Clarksburg, Morgantown Municipal Airport and Upshur County Regional Airport.
Listed below are the locations of each airport that is being awarded funding along with the amount of funding they will each receive:
|Beckley||Raleigh County Memorial BKW||$69,000|
|Bluefield||Mercer County BLF||$69,000|
|Buckhannon||Upshur County Regional||$20,000|
|Clarksburg||North Central West Virginia CKB||$1,151,897|
|Elkins||Elkins-Randolph County-Jennings Randolph F EKN||$30,000|
|Fairmont||Fairmont Municipal-Frankman Field 4G7||$30,000|
|Huntington||Tri-State/Milton J Ferguson Field HTS||$1,727,300|
|Lewisburg||Greenbrier Valley LWB||$1,042,623|
|Logan||Logan County 6L4||$30,000|
|Martinsburg||Eastern WV Regional/Shepherd Field MRB||$30,000|
|Morgantown||Morgantown Municipal-Walter L Bill Hart Field MGW||$69,000|
|Moundsville||Marshall County MPG||$30,000|
|Parkersburg||Mid-Ohio Valley Regional PKB||$69,000|
|Petersburg||Grant County W99||$20,000|
|Philippi||Philippi/Barbour County Regional 79D||$20,000|
|Pineville||Kee Field I16||$1,000|
|Point Pleasant||Mason County 3I2||$30,000|
|Ravenswood||Jackson County I18||$20,000|
|Sutton||Braxton County 48I||$20,000|
|Wheeling||Wheeling Ohio County HLG||$69,000|
|Williamson||Appalachian Regional EBD||$20,000|
The release also stated that this historic grant funding is part of the Trump Administration’s newly created Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program, an effort to provide unprecedented an immediate relief to American families, workers and businesses.
“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.
The release stated that this funding will support continuing operations and replace lost revenue resulting from the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport business due to COVID-19. The funds are available for airport capital expenditures, airport operating expenses such as payroll and utilities and airport debt payments.
“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.