Wyden, Merkley Announce $140 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Oregon Airports

Wyden, Merkley Announce $140 Million in COVID-19 Relief for Oregon Airports

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today announced that Oregon airports will receive more than $140 million to help them respond to the economic fallout from the coronavirus public health crisis.

The funding for airports from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and. Economic Security (CARES) Act allows them to cover operating expenses that arise from sharp air travel declines and other economic losses in the wake of COVID-19.

“The economic impact from this global pandemic has devastated airports in Oregon and nationwide,” Wyden said. “More federal help will be needed to support these key travel connections throughout Oregon, but I am gratified these resources are en route to ensure our state’s airports will continue running in communities that rely on them for travel, the transport of goods and more.

“This relief funding is incredibly important to help Oregon’s airports, large and small, deal with the economic impacts of the coronavirus outbreak,” Merkley said. “These assets are economic hubs for communities across our state, and we need to make sure they have the resources they need to get to the other side of this crisis.”

“Being able to secure nearly $9 million through the Federal Airport Relief package fills a critical need for Redmond Municipal Airport,” said Redmond Mayor George Endicott. “Oregon is well served by the leadership of Senators Wyden and Merkley and during times like these their good leadership has delivered results.  We are greatly appreciative.”

“Eastern Oregon Regional Airport is critical to our region, but maintenance of such an enormous asset has always strained the City’s limited resources,” said Pendleton Mayor John Turner. “In recent years, as we’ve invested to build a premier UAS range, those maintenance costs have risen, so these funds could not be arriving at a better time.   They will allow the City to expedite game-changing projects that would have taken years to accomplish otherwise.   We cannot thank Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley enough for their role in making this happen.”  

“This pandemic has been a tremendous hardship for Pendleton’s airport, Boutique Air, and our local business community, so this award comes as a complete surprise and brings us some much-needed positive news,” said Steve Chrisman, Pendleton Airport Manager & Economic Development Director. “Even with the recent successes of the Pendleton UAS Range, it still costs money to make money, and running an airport this size is a burden on a small municipality.  This perfectly timed infusion is going to allow us to eliminate debt and accelerate planned projects, which will unshackle the earning and job creation potential of this airport.  This is very exciting news and Senator Wyden and Senator Merkley have supported us every step of the way.”

“We credit Senator Wyden and the Oregon Congressional Delegation with securing this critical funding for airports across the nation, including keeping the Eugene Airport fully operational during this unprecedented time,” said Acting Eugene Airport Director Cathryn Stephens, A.A.E. “We know we are now on solid footing to maintain staffing levels and move forward with planned infrastructure projects.”

“We are absolutely delighted to see this relief make its way to the Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.  Our aeronautical revenues seemed to have disappeared overnight,” said Jerry Brienza, Airport Director for Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport. “This necessary funding will ensure that the airport remains open, operational, and safe.  These funds will also be used to help retain employees and pay airport debt service.  We appreciate the difficult decisions that Senators Merkley and Wyden, and Congressman Walden, had to make to stabilize the aviation communities.  We applaud their continued efforts on the Hill.”

A web version of this release is here.

The $140.1 million in grants for Oregon airports are as follows:

 

State

City

Airport Name

LOC_ID

Totals

OR

Albany

Albany Municipal

S12

 

$30,000

OR

Ashland

Ashland Municipal-Sumner Parker Field

S03

 

$30,000

OR

Astoria

Astoria Regional

AST

 

$30,000

OR

Aurora

Aurora State

UAO

 

$157,000

OR

Baker City

Baker City Municipal

BKE

 

$30,000

OR

Bandon

Bandon State

S05

 

$30,000

OR

Bend

Bend Municipal

BDN

 

$69,000

OR

Boardman

Boardman

M50

 

$1,000

OR

Brookings

Brookings

BOK

 

$30,000

OR

Burns

Burns Municipal

BNO

 

$30,000

OR

Cave Junction

Illinois Valley

3S4

 

$30,000

OR

Chiloquin

Chiloquin State

2S7

 

$20,000

OR

Christmas Valley

Christmas Valley

62S

 

$20,000

OR

Condon

Condon State Pauling Field

3S9

 

$20,000

OR

Corvallis

Corvallis Municipal

CVO

 

$69,000

OR

Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove State

61S

 

$20,000

OR

Creswell

Hobby Field

77S

 

$30,000

OR

Dallesport

Columbia Gorge Regional/The Dalles Municipal

DLS

 

$30,000

OR

Eugene

Mahlon Sweet Field

EUG

 

$22,654,502

OR

Florence

Florence Municipal

6S2

 

$30,000

OR

Gleneden Beach

Siletz Bay State

S45

 

$20,000

OR

Gold Beach

Gold Beach Municipal

4S1

 

$20,000

OR

Grants Pass

Grants Pass

3S8

 

$30,000

OR

Hermiston

Hermiston Municipal

HRI

 

$69,000

OR

Hood River

Ken Jernstedt Airfield

4S2

 

$30,000

OR

Independence

Independence State

7S5

 

$30,000

OR

John Day

Grant County Regional/Ogilvie Field

GCD

 

$20,000

OR

Joseph

Joseph State

JSY

 

$20,000

OR

Klamath Falls

Crater Lake-Klamath Regional

LMT

 

$69,000

OR

La Grande

La Grande/Union County

LGD

 

$30,000

OR

Lakeview

Lake County

LKV

 

$20,000

OR

Lebanon

Lebanon State

S30

 

$30,000

OR

Lexington

Lexington

9S9

 

$20,000

OR

Madras

Madras Municipal

S33

 

$30,000

OR

McDermitt

McDermitt State

26U

 

$20,000

OR

McMinnville

McMinnville Municipal

MMV

 

$69,000

OR

Medford

Rogue Valley International - Medford

MFR

 

$15,066,760

OR

Mulino

Mulino State

4S9

 

$30,000

OR

Myrtle Creek

Myrtle Creek Municipal

16S

 

$20,000

OR

Newport

Newport Municipal

ONP

 

$69,000

OR

North Bend

Southwest Oregon Regional

OTH

 

$2,550,333

OR

Ontario

Ontario Municipal

ONO

 

$30,000

OR

Pendleton

Eastern Oregon Regional at Pendleton

PDT

 

$16,881,672

OR

Portland

Portland Downtown

61J

 

$1,000

OR

Portland

Portland International

PDX

 

$72,302,494

OR

Portland

Portland-Hillsboro

HIO

 

$157,000

OR

Portland

Portland-Troutdale

TTD

 

$30,000

OR

Prineville

Prineville

S39

 

$30,000

OR

Redmond

Roberts Field

RDM

 

$8,907,654

OR

Roseburg

Roseburg Regional

RBG

 

$69,000

OR

Salem

McNary Field

SLE

 

$69,000

OR

Scappoose

Scappoose Industrial Airpark

SPB

 

$30,000

OR

Seaside

Seaside Municipal

56S

 

$1,000

OR

Tillamook

Tillamook

TMK

 

$30,000

OR

Wasco

Wasco State

35S

 

$1,000

$       140,163,415.50