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MSP airport set to receive $125 million in federal coronavirus aid package

By: - April 15, 2020 12:24 pm

The FAA’s formulas for doling out money to local airports has come under scrutiny. In this photo, people navigate through Miami International Airport amid coronavirus fears on March 15, 2020. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport will receive more than $125 million in federal funding under the recent COVID-19 aid package, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes $10 billion in funding for airports affected by pandemic. Across the United States, 3,235 airports are set to receive money when the funds become available this month, according to the FAA.

Under the CARES Act, airports no longer have to provide a match to receive funding through the Airport Improvement Program. The additional funding is intended to allow airports to continue safety and capacity projects during the pandemic. The act also directs new funds to commercial airports and some other public-owned airports.

In Minnesota, 96 airports other than MSP will receive a total of $33.2 million in federal funding. After MSP, the airports receiving the most federal money are Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport with $17.9 million, Duluth International with $5.2 million and Rochester International with $2.4 million.

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Rilyn Eischens
Rilyn Eischens

Rilyn Eischens is a data reporter with the Reformer. Rilyn was born and raised in Minnesota and has worked in newsrooms in the Twin Cities, Iowa, Texas and most recently Virginia, where she covered education for The Staunton News Leader. She's an alumna of the Dow Jones News Fund data journalism program and the Minnesota Daily. When Rilyn isn't in the newsroom, she likes to read, add to her plant collection and try new recipes.