Hawaii airports will receive more than $133 million in new federal funding under the coronavirus rescue package, according to transportation officials.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said the funding is intended to help the nation’s airport to continue operations and save workers’ jobs, as well as to replace lost revenue from the sharp decline in passenger traffic and other airport businesses due to COVID-19.
The funds may be used for airport capital expenditures and airport operating expenses, including payroll and utilities and debt payments. The Federal Aviation Administration encourages airport sponsors to spend the grant funds immediately.
“Hawaii airport workers and the entire airline industry have taken a significant hit during this crisis,” said U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in a news release. “This new federal funding will help save jobs and keep our airports across the state running.”
Schatz said the funding requires each airport to keep at least 90%of its staff on the job.
The estimated breakdown for each major airport, available on an interactive map, is as follows:
>> $12.4 million for airports on Kauai
>> $74.9 million for airports on Oahu
>> $1.6 million for airports on Molokai
>> $1.3 million for Lanai Airport
>> $23.7 million for airports on Maui
>> $19.5 million for airports on Hawaii Island