Regional airports are receiving funds from the CARES ACT to support their budgets. Congressman Darin LaHood announced yesterday that 18th District airports will receive over $16.6 million from the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. LaHood said in a press release that he was proud to announce the swift relief for the airports who have lost a significant amount of business during the coronavirus pandemic.
The funding in the local district was allocated as follows: Greater Beardstown Airport will receive $1000; Jacksonville Municipal Airport and Mt. Sterling Municipal Airport $20,000; and Pittsfield Penstone Airport $30,000. Many of the airports in the area act as fueling stations and layovers to small to mid-sized aircraft. With most discretionary air travel suspended and airport lobbies shuttered, the relief is likely going towards operations budgets and ongoing annual maintenance projects.