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North Platte Regional Airport to receive nearly $1.01M in federal COVID-19 relief funds

North Platte Regional Airport to receive nearly $1.01M in federal COVID-19 relief funds

The North Platte Regional Airport will receive nearly $1.01 million from a new Nebraska Department of Transportation allocation of federal COVID-19 relief funds.

Thirteen other west central Nebraska airports will split $141,000 in allocations to “non-primary airports,” NDOT said in a recent press release.

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The latest pandemic-related aid to airports comes from the Federal Aviation Administration’s $2 billion Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program, approved by Congress in December as part of a wider COVID-19 bill.

Seventy-two Nebraska airports will share $12.53 million from the new FAA program to help with their operations during the pandemic, NDOT said.

North Platte’s award will be applied to an “eligible expense” in the airport budget yet to be determined, Airport Manager Sam Seafeldt said.

Such expenses can include operations, personnel, debt service, cleaning, janitorial services and “other expenses associated with preventing the spread of COVID-19,” he said.

Lee Bird Field, Grand Island’s Central Nebraska Regional Airport and Scottsbluff’s Western Nebraska Regional Airport received $1 million apiece in “primary entitlement” aid for Nebraska airfields with “primary airport” status.

North Platte’s airport also received a combined $8,928 in aid for other categories, boosting its total NDOT award to $1,008,928. Scottsbluff’s overall total was $1.009 million and Grand Island’s $1.04 million.

Omaha’s Eppley Airfield led all Nebraska airports with just over $7 million in aid under the latest FAA program. The Lincoln Airport received $1.74 million.

Recent COVID-19 aid to other regional airports is as follows:

» Broken Bow, Keith Glaze Field: $13,000

» Cozad Municipal Airport: $13,000

» Curtis Municipal Airport: $9,000

» Grant Municipal Airport: $9,000

» Hyannis, Grant County Airport: $9,000

» Imperial Municipal Airport: $13,000

» Lexington, Jim Kelly Field: $13,000

» McCook, Ben Nelson Regional Airport: $13,000

» Ogallala, Searle Field: $9,000

» Oshkosh, Garden County/King Rhiley Field: $9,000

» Thedford, Thomas County Airport: $9,000

» Valentine, Miller Field: $13,000

» Wallace Municipal Airport: $9,000


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