WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Purdue University Airport will get a share of more than $96 million going to assist Hoosier airports. The funding comes from the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was recently passed by Congress and signed by President Trump.
More than 65 Indiana airports will get funds from the package. Purdue will get $69,000 in assistance.
The airport is the second busiest in the state behind Indianapolis International. More than 117,000 aircraft fly out of Purdue annually.
"While the majority of these flights are related to Purdue Polytechnic’s School of Aviation and Transportation Technology, thousands of other aircraft routinely use the airport to move passengers, cargo, and provide medical transportation services to the Greater Lafayette community," said Adam Baxmeyer, manager of airport operations. "We are thankful for the $69,000 CARES Act grant and are currently determining the best value for these funds to maintain the infrastructure of our important community asset."
Airports in Frankfort, Monticello, Kentland, Logansport and Rensselaer also will get assistance. To view funding allocated for each airport, click here.
“The coronavirus outbreak has brought the travel industry to a near standstill," said U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.). "Federal assistance will keep our airports and aviation industry running, not just for travel, but for the ability to ship food, supplies, and other essential resources. I am proud to announce that the CARES Act has made $96,523,889 available to help Hoosier airports remain operational and maintain employees as we continue to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.”