The city of Newport will receive $13,000 for the Newport Regional Airport as part of more than $4 million in grants recently announced coming from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The money is to be used to off-set costs and maintain jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to provide for increased sanitization to combat the spread of pathogens at airports and airfields in Arkansas.

The Department of Transportation, through the Federal Aviation Administration, is distributing the funds appropriated through the Coronavirus Relief and Response Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, which passed with the support of the entire Arkansas Congressional Delegation in December 2020.

Most of the money, $4,770,746, is going to the City of Little Rock-Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission for the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

“Air travel has been drastically impacted by the pandemic. Supporting the airline and aviation-related industries with these federal funds is important to our economic recovery,” Arkansas’ Congressional Delegation announced in a joint statement this week. “We are pleased Arkansas communities’ opportunities for commerce will continue with the help of these DOT awards.”

The deadline to apply for the program’s grants is June 30, 2021.

Other amounts awarded are:

Jonesboro Municipal (Craighead County), $57,000 to the City of Jonesboro

Memorial Field Airport (Garland County), $23,000 to the City of Hot Springs

Searcy Municipal Airport (White County), $23,000 to the City of Searcy

Arkansas International Airport (Mississippi County), $13,000 to the Blytheville-Gosnell Regional Airport Authority

Monticello Municipal/Ellis Field Airport (Drew County), $13,000 to the City of Monticello

Ozark-Franklin County Airport (Franklin County), $9,000 to Franklin County

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