WOAY – Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), both members of the US Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration will be funding nearly $9.4 million to airports across West Virginia.
This is part of the Coronavirus Air, Relief, and Economic Securities Act (CARES Act) which was signed on March 27.
“West Virginia airports are vital to the state’s economy which is being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will allow West Virginia’s airports to maintain operations and payroll, continue paying down debts, complete existing projects, and move forward with new developments,” says Senator Manchin.
Senator Capito adds, “Investing in our regional airports not only keeps our passengers and personnel safe, but it also fuels growth and boosts our economy. This funding is a critical investment from the DOT, and something I advocated for as we negotiated coronavirus relief. We must take the necessary steps to safeguard our airports and those who work there while we battle the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Greenbrier Valley Airport will reportedly receive $1,042,623 from the funding, while Raleigh County Memorial Airport and Mercer County Airport will each receive $69,000. Yeager Airport in Charleston will reportedly receive $4,810,956.