Two Nevada senators won more than $ 24 million for Silver State airports, part of which was for a Nye County facility.
On Wednesday, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) And Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) Announced that the Department of Transportation has provided $ 24,557,660 in COVID-19 relief funds to 15 Nevada airports and small companies that serve as airport concessionaires.
As noted in a press release from Cortez Masto’s office, the lion’s share of the funding will go to airport concession companies at Reno / Tahoe International Airport and Harry Reid International Airport, with the remainder going to rural communities in statewide, including the county. Beatty-owned public-use airport, which is approximately an hour’s drive north of Pahrump.
The additional funding for the airport couldn’t have come at a better time, as Nye County worked with the Federal Aviation Administration on a five-year plan to address safety concerns dating back to 2019.
However, the amount of funding the airport will receive has not been disclosed.
“Nevada’s travel and tourism industries, including our airports and our dealerships, have been incredibly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “I advocated for funding to make sure they could recover and continue to serve Travelers and Nevadans. I will continue to work in the Senate to strengthen our economic recovery and help our travel and hospitality industries and their workers thrive.
As a member of the Senate Small Business Committee and chair of the Senate subcommittee that oversees tourism, Senator Rosen said she made it her mission to support small businesses in the state and develop the Nevada travel industry.
“This funding, which we helped provide as part of the US bailout, will support our airports and the businesses there, helping to maintain jobs and foster Nevada’s economic recovery,” Rosen noted.
In September 2020, Cortez Masto wrote a letter urging Senator Rosen and the entire Nevada delegation to join us in calling for more support for airports, airport concessions, small businesses and employees of the airlines suffering direct losses from the pandemic.
Funding for the grants came through the US bailout, which both senators advocated.
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