Alabama airports get $54 million in coronavirus grants

Alabama airports get $54 million in coronavirus grants
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As of Wednesday, March 25, 2020, there were 75 parked Delta airplanes at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala. This picture, taken from the airport's control tower, includes the downtown Birmingham skyline in the background. (photo supplied by Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport).

Alabama airports will receive $54 million in federal grants to help offset losses from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday.

The grants are part of the CARES Act passed by Congress last month and includes $10 billion in funding for airports nationwide.

Alabama airports are expecting tens of millions in operating losses because of the virtual elimination of passenger traffic – which is also affecting revenue at hotel airports as well as parking revenue.

The bulk of Alabama's funding was targeted for three airports: Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International ($18,745,394), Mobile Regional ($15,103,747) and Huntsville International ($13,785,691).

The Huntsville airport, the state’s second-busiest for passenger traffic, originally projected losses of $7-10 million but said Tuesday those losses could top $20 million.

“Airports are economic drivers providing vital transportation infrastructure that allows our community access to business opportunities across the nation and the world,” Rick Tucker, Huntsville International Airport CEO, said in a statement. “This is why we are tremendously grateful that the federal government has worked so hard to support the airline and airport workforce during these unprecedented times. These funds will protect our workforce so that we can continue providing passengers with an economic and cultural lifeline via the air transportation network.”

Altogether, 73 airports across Alabama received at least $1,000 in funding.

Here are the grants received by Alabama airports except for Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile:

Montgomery Regional – 2,576,658

Dothan Regional – 1,449,039

Tuscaloosa Regional – 157,000

Albertville Regional – 69,000

Auburn University Regional – 69,000

Bessemer – 69,000

Cullman Regional – 69,000

Jack Edwards National (Gulf Shores) – 69,000

Isbell Field (Fort Payne) – 69,000

Mobile Downtown – 69,000

Northwest Alabama Regional (Muscle Shoals) – 69,000

Pryor Field (Decatur) – 69,000

Shelby County – 69,000

Sonny Callahan (Fairhope) – 69,000

Thomas C. Russell Field (Alexander City) – 69,000

Troy Municipal – 69,000

Brewton Municipal – 30,000

Carl Folsom (Elba) – 30,000

Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee County Regional – 30,000

Chilton County – 30,000

Courtland – 30,000

Demopolis Regional – 30,000

Enterprise Municipal – 30,000

Foley Municipal – 30,000

Geneva Municipal – 30,000

Guntersville Municipal – 30,000

Hartselle-Morgan County Regional – 30,000

Headland Municipal – 30,000

Huntsville Executive – 30,000

Marion County – 30,000

Merkel Field Sylacauga Municipal – 30,000

Monroe County Aeroplex – 30,000

Northeast Regional (Gadsden) – 30,000

Ozark Blackwell Field – 30,000

Prattville-Grouby Field – 30,000

Scottsboro Municipal – 30,000

South Alabama Regional (Andalusia) – 30,000

St. Clair County – 30,000

St. Elmo – 30,000

Talladega Municipal – 30,000

Walker County – 30,000

Wetumpka Municipal – 30,000

Weedon Field (Eufaula) – 30,000

Anniston Regional – 20,000

Ashland/Lineville – 20,000

Atmore Municipal – 20,000

Bay Minette Municipal – 20,000

Bibb County – 20,000

Bill Pugh Field (Russellville) – 20,000

Camden Municipal – 20,000

Craig Field (Selma) – 20,000

Evergreen Regional – 20,000

Florala Municipal – 20,000

Franklin Field (Union Springs) – 20,000

Greensboro Municipal – 20,000

Jeremiah Denton (Dauphin Island) – 20,000

Lanett Municipal – 20,000

MacCrenshaw Memorial (Greenville) – 20,000

Moton Field Municipal (Tuskegee) – 20,000

North Pickens – 20,000

Posey Field (Haleyville) – 20,000

Richard Arthur Field (Fayette) – 20,000

Roanoke Municipal – 20,000

Robbins Field (Oneonta) – 20,000

Vaiden Field (Marion) – 20,000

Abbeville Municipal – 1,000

Butler-Choctaw County – 1,000

Clayton Municipal – 1,000

George Downer (Aliceville) – 1,000

Jackson Municipal – 1,000

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