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Congressman Gonzalez Announces $5.4 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding for Local Airports

June 28, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced $5,474,590 in grants from the American Rescue Plan to support airports in the 15th District of Texas recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 


The $8 billion in Airport Rescue Grants will provide economic relief to airports around the country affected by the pandemic to keep workers employed, continue improvement projects and help our aviation industry recover. 


“As we ramp up travel operations, these funds will help our airport employees, essential workers and travelers transit safely and provide the necessary resources to prevent, prepare for, and respond to circumstances related to the pandemic,” said Congressman Gonzalez. “This past year we did our part and stayed home to stop the spread, but that meant those in the travel industry suffered as travel slowed to its lowest level in decades. I was proud to support the American Rescue Plan and the relief it provides to South Texas communities and businesses.”


“The American Rescue Plan grant allocation for the McAllen International Airport is going to help spur the airport’s recovery,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos. “I’m grateful to Cong. Gonzalez and all of our federal elected officials who helped support a plan that will help alleviate the toll that the pandemic has had on critical transportation infrastructure like our airport.”


“The City of McAllen is committed to going above and beyond to protect the health of residents and visitors who utilize our airport.  We will continue to work diligently to ensure that these funds are utilized to continue these efforts” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E.


Below are the grant allocations for airports in the 15th District of Texas:


  • McAllen Miller International Airport: $5,420,590.  
  • South Texas International Airport at Edinburg: $32,000.  
  • Jim Hogg County Airport in Hebbronville: $22,000.


More information on the Airport Rescue Grants can be found here.