On Wednesday, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced more $8.7 million in federal relief funds to help Burlington International Airport.
Gene Richards, BTV’s aviation director, said the airport is experiencing record-low numbers of travelers. Under normal circumstances, that would be his nightmare scenario. But Richards says it’s actually making state officials proud.
“Our numbers are down to about a thousand a week now,” says Richards. “Which is a success for the mayor and for the governor, in that we are keeping more people in and less people traveling. That means less people are coming in, and that means this will get over quicker.”
The $8.7 million earmarked for BTV will cover mainly payroll, benefits and staffing, and the rest will go toward utilities and other monthly payments.
“That’s a big deal,” Richards said. “It’s about a third of the way there for us. You know, we’re certainly going to need more, but it gets us by, it gives us some time. And the industry isn’t going to be kind to us the rest of the year.”