Congresswoman Escobar and El Paso International Airport Announce Reception of $15 Million Coronavirus Relief Funding
Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Monica Lombraña, Chief Operations and Transportation Officer for the City of El Paso announced that the El Paso International Airport (ELP) has been awarded a total of $15,431,799 in federal grant funding to assist with prevention, preparedness, and response to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
"The El Paso International Airport is an important regional hub for travel and trade and has been hit hard by this health and economic crisis,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “I am proud to have fought to secure this much-needed funding to ensure ELP continues supporting its workers and serving our community.”
“Funding provided through the CARES Act will allow El Paso International Airport to mitigate financial losses arising as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to provide essential air transportation services to those in our community who need to travel,” said Lombraña.
The funding was authorized and made available by the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the third coronavirus response which Congresswoman Escobar helped craft with community input and was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020.
The CARES Act secured critical provisions for El Paso workers and their families and invested $2 trillion to help our public health systems, state and local governments, and small businesses, including approximately $10 billion to support U.S. airports experiencing severe economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
This funding will be distributed to airports by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and can be used to prepay long-term contracts like shuttle-bus operators, janitorial services, security services, fire and police services, purchase an aviation or avigation easement, accelerate structured settlement agreements or pay the penalty for early defeasement of debt, and for airport development including surface access projects. To read more about airport grants click here.