Lambert to get $60 million as Missouri airports net $152 million in federal relief

Seventy-five airports across Missouri will receive more than $152 million in combined grant funding as part of the coronavirus relief package passed by the federal government.

The state’s airport grants are part of $10 billion in economic aid from the Federal Aviation Administration for airports “affected by the prevention of, preparation for, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the FAA announced Tuesday.

The majority of Missouri’s funds will go to the state’s two largest airports: St. Louis Lambert International Airport will receive nearly $60 million, and Kansas City International Airport will receive about $43.3 million.

Four other facilities will receive at least $1 million:

  • Columbia Regional Airport – $18.8 million
  • Cape Girardeau Regional Airport – $17.5 million
  • Springfield-Branson National Airport – $9.3 million
  • Joplin Regional Airport – $1.2 million

The relief package increases to 100% the federal contribution to the FAA’s airport improvement and supplemental discretionary grants, which typically require local matches. The relief package also includes new funding, distributed according to various formulas.

The money comes as travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have caused sharp declines in air travel and hammered the airline industry’s companies.

On Wednesday, the average number of daily flights for the last week was just more than 28,000, according to Flightradar24, a flight tracking service. That was down more than 71% from a seven-day average of more than 98,000 daily flights one month earlier.

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