Grand Junction airport shares in federal funding

The Grand Junction Regional Airport shared in a total of nearly $377 million in federal funding distributed to 49 Colorado airports to help maintain operations during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Grand Junction Regional Airport received $5.6 million from the Federal Aviation Administration under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act enacted in response to the pandemic. A total of $10 billion was awarded nationwide.

The funding supports operations and replaces revenue lost from declining passenger traffic and other airport business related to the outbreak. The funds are available for payroll, utilities, capital expenditures and debt payments.

“The $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the continued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs,” said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican from Colorado, also praised the grant program. “Airports across Colorado support the connectivity of our communities and state. And this important funding will help keep workers on payroll as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Elsewhere in Western Colorado, the Yampa Valley Regional Airport near Hayden received $18.5 million and the Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport received $18 million.

Denver International Airport received $269 million and the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport $24.3 million.