June 4, 2021
CINCINNATI, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) welcomed the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant of $ 2.2 million in federal grants to two Ohio airports to provide economic relief from COVID-19 . A $2.1 million Federal grant was awarded to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, and the other federal grant of $ 165,028 went to the Madison County Airport Authority.
The scholarship to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is coming from the airport coronavirus aid program created by the bipartisan, two-chamber COVID-19 aid package under the year-end spending agreement. Senator Portman played a key role in negotiating legislation through the bipartisan 908 coalition, which proposed a $ 908 billion package that included this critical relief for airports and served as the basis for the final package. This funding builds on previously announced grants from $ 30 million, $300,000, over $ 100,000, and $ 72,000 in federal funding.
The scholarship to The Madison County Airport Authority comes from funds accessible thanks to the bipartisan Aid, Assistance and Economic Security Act (CARES) related to the coronavirus, which Portman supported and was signed by former President Trump.
“The recovery of the aviation industry is vital to our country’s economy. During this pandemic, the sharp decline in air traffic put the industry in an uncertain economic situation. ” said Portmann. “I am delighted to have this continued support for our airports in expanding services to meet the growing demands of air travel as our country continues on the path to recovery.”