Rep. Axne Welcomes New COVID-19 Grants for Iowa Airports

April 29, 2020
Press Release
More than $23,000,000 in grants are awarded to local airports to offset losses caused by coronavirus

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) welcomed $23,326,329 in new grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for airports in Iowa’s Third Congressional District to provide direct relief and offset loss of revenue from the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“These local airports are critical hubs for economic activity in Iowa, and support business and travel across the southwest and central areas of our state,” said Rep. Axne. “As we have limited travel and slowed commerce to help slow the spread of COVID-19, our airports have suffered serious losses – and I’m pleased that we are providing this aid to help keep them afloat and ensure they can adapt to the safer standards of traveling that will be necessary in the coming months of this pandemic.”

The funding for these grants are provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which Congress passed unanimously last month to provide economic relief to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

The new grants are awarded as follows:

  • $30,000 – City of Atlantic
  • $30,000 – City of Red Oak
  • $30,000 – City of Creston
  • $30,000 – City of Greenfield
  • $69,000 – Council Bluffs Airport Authority
  • $23,117,329 – Des Moines Airport Authority
  • $20,000 – Guthrie County Airport Authority

“Amid the coronavirus pandemic and the terrible impact it is inflicting on our economy, the Des Moines International Airport is grateful to Congresswoman Axne, Senator Ernst, Senator Grassley, and the entire Iowa congressional delegation for their support of the $23,117,329.00 grant award,” said Kevin Foley, Executive Director of the Des Moines International Airport. These funds will allow the Airport to meet its operating obligations, including payroll, for the rest of the year. It will keep the Airport ready and able to serve the traveling public while aiding our local economy to recover.”