Cotulla – La Salle Airport receives fed support

The Cotulla-La Salle County Airport has received $20,000 in funding through the Airport Improvement Program in the CARES Act, used to help pay for incurred costs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The funds are also aimed at allowing critical safety and capacity projects to continue regardless of the airport’s current financial circumstances, according to US Congressman Henry Cuellar in a prepared statement last week.
“Airports across the country have seen an extreme drop in travel, and consequently, revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic,” Rep. Cuellar said. “This critical funding will ensure our airport can continue to pay its employees, maintain and upgrade its facilities, and protect its passengers until we slow the spread of this coronavirus and get our economy moving again.
“As a senior appropriator, I am committed to fighting for our transportation and travel industry so we can continue to strengthen our economy and create more jobs,” the congressman said. “I want to thank the city and county officials as well as Cotulla-La Salle County Airport staff for their dedication to protecting our community’s tourism and transportation industry during these challenging times.”
As a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Cuellar helped secure $10 billion for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) in the CARES Act. The federal share for AIP and supplemental discretionary grants already planned for fiscal year 2020 increased to 100 percent.
The Airport Improvement Program is a federal grant program that provides funds to public use airports to help improve safety and efficiency, such as improvement projects related to runways and weather stations. The program is managed by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The La Salle County airport is managed by ET Page of Cotulla and recently celebrated completion of its new terminal building, whose official grand opening has been delayed by the virus pandemic. Local government leaders are expecting to gather at the airport for a ceremony as soon as crowd restrictions are lifted.
Page Aviation, which operates the facility, has changed its name to Cotulla Jet Center.

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