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Air Center receives more federal grants

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The Roswell Air Center is among the state’s airports to receive new grants from a section of the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law Dec. 27.

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that was part of the larger federal act included $2 billion for U.S. airports.

The funding is administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration, which established the Airports Coronavirus Recovery Grants Program.

The general airport grants are intended to cover COVID-related costs, including costs for cleaning, sanitization and janitorial services. The money also can be used for operational expenses, personnel or debt payments as airports deal with revenue declines.

Concessions grants are to provide relief funding for concessionaires at airports such as car rental businesses, parking and vendor sites that are required to pay rent or make minimum annual payments.

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The Roswell Air Center has received $12,897 for concessions funds. A total of $8.52 million in concessions grants were provided to 14 New Mexico airports. The Air Center also has received $1.02 million for the airport operations and COVID-related funding, with $2.84 million provided to 15 New Mexico airports.

Roswell Air Center staff were not immediately available for comment.