$9.5 million relief granted to Lubbock Airport - FOX34 Lubbock

$9.5 million relief granted to Lubbock Airport

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

"There's a lot of uncertainty. We have no idea how long it will take to get back... to 'normal'," Executive Director of Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport Kelly Campbell said.

According to her, passenger travel, is down by 95%

"On a good day we're putting 100 people through TSA check point. That does include you know, crews and employees, so it's not strictly passengers," Campbell said.

Airline businesses have been hit hard by a sharp decline in travel.

This is the worst it has been since 9/11, Campbell says.

Last month, the president signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security or "C.A.R.E" Act promising $10 billion to airports nationwide.

Lubbock International Airport, will receive a $9.5 million cut of that money.

Non-essential travel may have come to a halt but the money will help keep the other vital operations of this airport running smoothly.

"To think of LBB strictly, you know, commercial passenger airport...there's a lot going on, "Campbell explained. "There's still military operations, there's still general aviation, there's still medical flights."

The grant will offset the loss of income and be used for payroll, utilities and debt services.

"The one restriction that's out there, is accepting the grant, obligates you to keep 90% of your personnel through December 31st. Which is great, we need all of our folks," Campbell said.

Terry county, Levelland and Slaton municipal airports will also receive some money from the grant.

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