February 16, 2021 (Lincoln, Neb.) — The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) received guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regarding their recent allocation of the $2 billion funding made available under the FAA’s Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program (ACRGP). The ACRGP funding was approved by Congress in late December as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSA).
Nebraska airports will receive $12,528,712 in grant allocations from the ACRGP. This includes 72 airports throughout the state. A complete list of the airports receiving grand funds is available at grant awards.
These funds will provide economic relief to Nebraska airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAA will make grants to all airports that are part of the national airport system, including all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and some public-owned general aviation airports.
Two notable updates were provided to previous FAA guidance on the ACRGP, including concession relief and mask requirements at airports. Concessions will also be provided relief from rents and minimum annual guarantees to on-airport car rental, on-airport parking, and in-terminal airport concessions. Grant agreements will include a special condition that airport sponsors implement a policy requiring persons to wear a mask at all times while in the public areas of the airport, except where certain conditions apply.
Additional updates and FAQs will be posted on the FAA website https://www.faa.gov/airports/crrsaa/ and on the NDOT Aeronautics website: https://dot.nebraska.gov/aeronautics/