MISSOULA — Seventy one Montana airports are going to receive more than $70 million in immediate funding to help offset the impacts of the travel shutdowns because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced Tuesday that the money from there Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration is part of the stimulus money contained in the CARES Act approved last month by Congress.
The money will help both large and small airports pay for capitol improvements, operating expenses including payroll and utilities and keep up on debt payments at a time when air travel limits are having a severe impact on airport revenue.
Some of the larger amounts include $5.6 million for Missoula International Airport and $11.5 million for Glacier Park International Airport.
Smaller airports like the Ravalli County Airport and Polson Airport will receive $30,000.
To see the full list of all 71 airports receiving funding click here.