The Funding is provided at a 100 percent federal share, with no local match, to cover operating expenses including maintaining airport services, paying staff, and covering losses due to reduced operations
Westchester County Airport is set to receive millions of dollars in funding from the Federal Government to aid in recovery efforts as a result of the Covid-19 penademic.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) announced on April 14th that $23,607,111 in federal funding for Westchester County Airport through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program funded in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help with the costs of continuing operations of airports during the COVID-19 pandemic, assist with lost revenue resulting from the decline in travel, and support operating expenses including payroll, utilities, and capital expenditures.
“Westchester County Airport plays a critical role in the Lower Hudson Valley’s economy, and I am committed to ensuring the federal government assists in its stabilization and recovery,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Just this week, a major airline suspended flights at Westchester County Airport as workers continue to risk their health and safety to keep the airport operating. This much-needed investment will keep our airport afloat and save workers’ jobs. These funds are essential in not only keeping families safe but in ensuring our economy can recover and rebuild.”
In early April, JetBlue suspended flights at Westchester County and Stewart airports due to a large decline in travel. The money helps replace lost revenue resulting from that decline, and to help support operating expenses.
The $23.6 million in funding to Westchester County Airport is part of the more then $411 million dollars in federal grants Congresswoman Lowey helped secure for over 75 airports across all of New York State.
“We are facing health and economic challenges the likes of which have not been seen for generations,” said County Executive George Latimer. “Like many households, the economic downturn is seriously impacting the budgets of many public functions. These funds secured by Congresswoman Lowey will go a long way toward maintaining the County airport as a critical transportation hub that it must be.”
The money will come through the Federal Aviation Administration's program which is funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Westchester County Airport (HPN) is presently served by six scheduled passenger airlines. It now has non-stop service to many destinations and convenient connections to cities worldwide.