The Eugene Airport has been awarded nearly $7 million by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is giving a total of $8 billion in grants to U.S. airports as part of the American Rescue Plan Act.
The grants are intended to keep airport workers employed, construction projects going and help airports recover from impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of the Eugene Airport’s total $6,953,981, roughly $510,000 is allocated for assisting in-terminal concessions.
“The Airport Rescue Grants keep workers employed and help the aviation sector recover as more Americans get vaccinated and begin traveling again,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a news release. “These grants are part of the administration’s commitment to build back a better and safer transportation system throughout our country.”
The grant is intended to help keep people employed by reimbursing operational expenses, debt service payments and costs related to combating the spread of pathogens at the airport, according to the release.
The funding requires airports to continue employing at least 90% of their pre-pandemic employees in airports that cover a majority of the traveling public.
Additional program information and the amount of funding each airport is eligible for can be found at the FAA’s website at faa.gov/airports/airport_rescue_grants/.