FAA rescue grants to aid Texas airports with operations, pathogen deterrence
Hundreds of airports in Texas will receive millions of dollars in Airport Rescue Grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The agency will award $7.39 billion in grants to airports across the country to keep U.S. airport workers employed, construction projects going and help U.S. airports recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding for the grants comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Some of the Texas airports receiving grants are:
- Dallas-Fort Worth International – $251.76 million.
- George Bush Intercontinental – $154.68 million.
- Austin-Bergstrom International – $61.43 million.
- Willam P. Hobby – $51 million.
- Dallas Love Field – $57.86 million.
- San Antonio International – $38.32 million.
- El Paso International – $15.67 million.
Grant funding provides economic relief to eligible commercial service, reliever, and general aviation airports. The money will help keep people safe and employed by reimbursing operational expenses, debt service payments, and costs related to combating the spread of pathogens at the airport.
Examples of eligible development would be replacing or upgrading a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system, reconfiguring the terminal to accommodate increased social distancing, or reconfiguring terminal space or other facilities to accommodate health screening.
In addition, airports may use the money to provide rent relief to in-terminal retail and concession companies. This funding requires that airports continue to employ at least 90 percent of their pre-pandemic employees for those airports that cover most of the traveling public.
Funds are available until September 30, 2024, and must be obligated by that date.