Burlington, WA—The Port of Skagit was notified that Skagit Regional Airport will receive $69,000 of funding through the CARES Act to maintain and support continuing airport operations.

Nationwide, nearly $10 billion in airport grants will be awarded to eligible U.S. airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus impacts as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

According to the funding announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration this week, funds can be used to keep airports in reliable, safe operation in order to serve public needs, support the economy and keep airport and aviation workers employed.

More than 3,000 airports are eligible for funding, ranging from large commercial airports to general aviation airports like Skagit Regional Airport. Skagit Regional Airport has remained open during this pandemic as an essential public transportation hub, providing access for emergency medical flight arrivals and departures, and continued operations of essential businesses.

The Port of Skagit has not made any decisions yet on how these funds will be allocated. Further evaluation of the funding requirements and Port projects is currently underway to determine the best fit and highest need area for using the funds.