FLINT TWP. — More than $4.1 million in federal grants will be awarded to Flint Bishop International Airport and four other local airports throughout mid-Michigan to help offset severe economic disruption caused by the coronavirus.
This funding can be used by the airports to cover costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning and paying down debt, officials said.
The $4,113,536 in federal grants, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program, are available as a part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was supported by Congressman Dan Kildee. Flint Bishop International Airport is set to receive more than $2.5 million in relief funds.
“This pandemic is not over, and our local airports still need economic relief to help maintain safe operations,” said Kildee. “Despite decreased passenger traffic and increased costs due to the pandemic, our local airports continue to provide essential passenger and cargo services that keep our regional economy moving. I am pleased to announce these federal grants and am committed to bringing critical resources to Michigan to address the public health and economic crises caused by the pandemic.”
Below are the overall grant totals:
Bishop International Airport in Flint will receive $2,521,161.
MBS International Airport in Freeland will receive $1,553,375.
James Clements Municipal Airport in Bay City will receive $13,000.
Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in Oscoda will receive $13,000.
Saginaw County HW Browne Airport in Saginaw will receive $13,000.
In April 2020, Kildee announced $9.3 million in federal grants to mid- Michigan airports to help combat the economic impact of the coronavirus. — B.G.