Local airports receive CARES Act funding for losses due to COVID-19

South Bend International Airport will receive $7.2 million in emergency funding from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the CARES Act Airport Grant Program. Fifteen other airports in Michiana will receive grants ranging from $20,000 to $69,000.

The FAA is awarding $96,523,889 to Indiana airports and $256,958,771 to Michigan airports.

“This $10 billion in emergency resources will help fund the continued operations of our nation’s airports during this crisis and save workers’ jobs,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

The funding is to offset the revenue loss due to the decline in passenger traffic and other business because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you to the dedicated men and women from the FAA’s Office of Airports for creating an entirely new program in record time to assist airport sponsors in desperate need of these funds,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.

The funds can be used for airport capital expenditures, airport operating expenses including payroll and utilities, and airport debt payments.

Sixteen airports in Michiana received grants:


  • Arens Field (Winamac) $20,000
  • Elkhart Municipal Airport $69,000
  • Fulton County (Rochester) $30,000
  • Goshen Municipal Airport $69,000
  • La Porte Municipal Airport $30,000
  • Michigan City Municipal- Phillips Field $30,000
  • Plymouth Municipal $30,000
  • South Bend International Airport $7,284,942
  • Starke County (Knox) $30,000
  • Warsaw Municipal $69,000


  • Dowagiac Municipal $30,000
  • Jerry Tyler Memorial (Niles) $30,000
  • Southwest Michigan Regional $69,000
  • Three Rivers Municipal Dr Haines $30,000
  • Kirsch Municipal (Sturgis) $30,000
  • South Haven Area Regional $30,000
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