CCIA to get millions from federal pandemic relief grant

Corpus Christi International Airport
Posted at 4:39 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 19:32:10-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the air travel industry hard. The Corpus Christi International Airport hasn't been immune to the hardship.

The Corpus Christi City Council is expected to accept a large sized grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for some relief.

The grant is for more than $6.5 dollars from the CARES Act for the airport.

Grants like this one are being awarded to airports around the country to offset the economic losses caused by the pandemic.

The Corpus Christi International Airport is estimated at nearly $2 million to date.

"We anticipate just under $2 million shortfall in our budget this year due to everything. You can see the parking lot, that's normally full right now and that's our third largest revenue stream so we know we're gonna take a loss this year and hopefully it will be no more than 1.9 million," said Kevin Smith, Assistant Director of Aviation.

The grant will be used for everything from lost revenue in parking and concessions to payroll and purchasing materials.

The money will be spread out over a three year period.

On a positive note, the number of travelers going through the airport has been picking up over the past three weeks.