Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) made an announcement today, informing that South Florida Airports would be receiving over $228 million as they face financial struggles as a result of the growing threat of COVID-19.
Alongside members of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Florida lawmaker announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation would be awarding a total of $228,907,254 to South Florida airports in order to address the crisis that the aviation sector has been grappling with because of the virus. The funds aim to help airport operators meet persistent needs and to manage current construction projects.
In a statement, Rep. Mucarsel-Powell expressed that “the coronavirus pandemic has impacted every sector of our society, and I am pleased that we were able to include this much-needed emergency aid to airports in our district as they confront this health and economic crisis.”
She added that “South Florida is heavily dependent on these transportation hubs to receive critical aid and help our economy recover.”
Mucarsel-Powell stressed that “we have to make sure they have the necessary funds to stay afloat during these tough times so our economy can return to normal when this crisis passes.”