Tucson airport to get $15.7M in federal COVID-19 stimulus funding | Business News



Tucson International Airport will receive $ 15.7 in federal aid from the stimulus bill passed last March.

Kelly Presnell, Arizona Daily Star

Tucson International Airport is receiving $ 15.7 million in federal aid from the recovery bill passed last March to help the airport and its concessionaires recover from the disruption caused by COVID-19.

Tucson Airport will receive approximately $ 14.2 million from the US Department of Transportation through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will be used for airport operations and disinfection costs to prevent the spread of pathogens.

A further $ 1.5 million in funding will provide large and small airport concession stands at the airport with economic relief from rent and annual minimum guarantees, the Tucson Airport Authority said in a joint announcement with MP Raúl Grijalva, Arizona, United States.

“This funding will enable Tucson International Airport to operate with excellence in safety and customer service even in one of the toughest times for the aviation industry,” said Danette Bewley, President and CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority.

Recalling the importance of the stimulus package to help the nation recover from the pandemic, Grijalva said airports “serve a vital role in our interconnected society and have been badly hit by the pandemic”.

When the pandemic began in March 2020, TIA received a federal emergency grant of $ 22.6 million from a Federal Aviation Administration program to help airports respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.