North Country airports set to receive over $5.9 million in virus relief

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Airports in New York’s North Country are set to see more than $5.9 million dollars in federal aid.

However, local officials say it may not be enough. Plattsburgh International Airport will receive a little over $2 million dollars. Mayor Colin Read says it’s a good start, but more needs to be done.

“There’s a real cost that entities like the airport or the City or the County is facing right now, so any help is appreciated,” he said. ” I really think they need to expand that dramatically.”

Airport Director Chris Kreig said PLattsburgh International may face some tough decisions in the near future.

“Is it going to cover everything?” he said. “I’d like to say it would, but I doubt that’s going to be the case. And they’re going to be some difficult decisions. We’re just one of many airports in the country that are facing these situations.”

Kreig says the funding will be mainly used to help offset the operating costs of the airport, and the money lost because of the pandemic.

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