Ontario Airport Receives $ 11.4 Million in Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund for Taxiway Project – Daily Bulletin
Ontario International Airport will receive $ 11.4 million in federal coronavirus relief funds for the rehabilitation of its taxiways, officials said on Wednesday, October 6.
The money will be used to repair road pavements and improve lighting by adding more energy efficient LED lights, said Steve Lambert, spokesperson for ONT.
“This is more money than the airport will receive for ongoing repairs and upgrades to all runways and taxiways,” he said. “It is a big business.”
The money is allocated by the Federal Aviation Administration and was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act, according to a press release from Representative Norma Torres, D-Pomona.
After the transition into the hands of ONT on November 1, 2016, it launched a long-term project involving the maintenance and modernization of its traffic lanes. The airport received more than $ 25 million in grants for the project, Lambert said.
During the coronavirus pandemic that began in early 2020, the ONT has seen an increase in air cargo volumes, in part due to an increase in the number of people shopping at home. The airport is home to major air cargo carriers, including FedEx, UPS, and Amazon. Air freight for the first two months of 2021 has jumped 15% compared to the same period in 2020.
“With the rise of electronic commerce, ONT has played an increasingly vital role in the country’s supply chain,” Torres said in a prepared statement.
“As travel and e-commerce continue to grow in the Inland Empire, we need to ensure that the airport infrastructure is safe and efficient,” she said. “These funds will allow ONT to keep cargo and passengers moving and keep our COVID-19 economic recovery on track.”