As the airline industry starts talking to lawmakers about a second bail out, airports – which got $10 billion in aid from the CARES Act – are telling Congress they want another $10 billion.
Airports will need at least $10 billion more in government assistance, matching an initial injection of cash from the CARES Act, H.R. 748 (116), industry leader Todd Hauptli told lawmakers. “I recognize it’s not popular to come up here and ask for more help, but the scale and the scope of this crisis requires it. And we are going to have to get past the sticker shock and get to ‘yes,'” he said.
The CEO of the American Association of Airport Executives suggests $10 billion is the minimum that airports want, and they don’t even come first offering to clean up corruption at airports including Atlanta, Detroit, and Washington Dulles and National and New York LaGuardia, JFK, and Newark.
The first $10 billion, which distributed funds to 3200 airports, became such a mess that some airports received 25 to 50 times their annual expenses.
The biggest payouts already went out to the biggest airports:
|Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International||$338,535,265|
|Los Angeles International||$323,636,269|
|Dallas-Fort Worth International||$299,199,046|
|Chicago O’Hare International||$294,441,928|
|San Francisco International||$254,780,449|
|John F Kennedy International||$193,389,105|
However even Merced, California got $17 million, Garden City, Kansas got $18 million, and East Wenatchee, Washington airport (airport code “EAT”) got $18 million as well. And so did Knox County Regional Airport in Owls Head, Maine.
Johnstown, Pennsylavia’s airport which averaged about a dozen passengers a day before the pandemic got $5 million.