Sewell Announces Over $21.5 Million in Funding for Airports

U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07) announced today $21,549,052 in funding for airports throughout Alabama’s 7thCongressional District, as part of the funding allocated by the CARES Act. The CARES Act, Congress’ third COVID-19 response bill, allocated $10 billion to airports across the country, with no local match required, to help mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (Birmingham, AL) will receive the majority of the funding, $18,745,394, with additional funds going to: Montgomery Regional Airport, Dannelly Field (Montgomery, AL); the Tuscaloosa National Airport (Tuscaloosa, AL); the Demopolis Regional Airport (Demopolis, AL); the Craig Field Regional Airport (Selma, AL); and the Vaiden Field Airport (Marion, AL).

“While we must continue to prioritize health care and safety initiatives to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we must also do everything possible to mitigate the economic devastation caused by these necessary health care restrictions,” said Rep. Sewell.. “Our airports are vital to our local economies, and while I continue to strongly encourage every Alabamian across the 7th Congressional District to stay home and avoid travel, I am equally committed to ensuring the stability of our airports.”

“We are very grateful for our local congressional delegation and applaud their work with the federal government in supporting the aviation industry, its workforce and the operations at our airport during this global crisis,” said Ronald F. Mathieu, President & CEO of Birmingham Airport Authority. “Airports exist to be economic engines to the regions they serve. We are most thankful for all of the support received that allows us to continue serving our community while also protecting the jobs of our employees and the many contractors and subcontractors and their families.”

“On behalf of the airport authority and board of directors, we truly appreciate Congresswoman Sewell going to bat for the airports,”said Marshall Taggart, Executive Director, Montgomery Regional Airport. “Congresswoman Sewell parks at our airport and she flies in and out of our airport, so we consider ourselves her hometown airport, and she treats us that way. Like other airports, we’ve been profoundly affected by COVID-19. There is a significant strain on our ability to pay payroll and other necessary functions, however, these resources and funding mean we will be able to sustain and maintain operations for the time being. We are incredibly grateful for the partnership in ensuring our continued functionality.”

Airport CARES ACT Grant Recipients in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District

AirportCountyAward Amount
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International AirportJefferson County$18,745,394
Montgomery Regional Airport, Dannelly FieldMontgomery County$2,576,658
Tuscaloosa National AirportTuscaloosa County$157,000
Demopolis Regional AirportMarengo County$30,000
Craig Field Regional AirportDallas County$20,000
Vaiden Field AirportPerry County$20,000

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