New York — The Department of Transportation has awarded around $39 million in COVID-19 relief funds to airports across Upstate New York. The grants, funded by the American Rescue Plan Act will be used for costs related to debt service payments, rent and minimum annual guarantees to airport concessions located at primary airports as well as operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services.

“Air travel was among the most severely impacted industries amid the height of the pandemic, and is vital to the connectivity and success of the Upstate New York economy,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer. “As Majority Leader, I am proud to deliver this funding through the American Rescue Plan, which I negotiated in the Senate, to provide much needed relief to these vital economic engines of our Upstate communities. Help is on the way that will put Upstate New York’s airports on the road to recovery and reach new heights.”

“As air travel slowly returns to normal levels, this funding will help ensure that airports throughout the state have the resources they need to operate safely and bounce back despite the devastating toll of the pandemic,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “I am proud to have voted for the American Rescue Plan to deliver this funding to some of the New York airports that need it most and I’ll keep fighting to provide federal resources to communities statewide.”

A breakdown of the over $39 million going to Upstate New York airports can be found below:

Airport NameProject TitleCOVID Relief Grant Amount
Albany InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$1,282,039
Plattsburgh InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$107,515
Syracuse Hancock InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$1,089,607
Watertown InternationalGeneral ARPA$1,110,954
Watertown InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$19,286
Westchester CountyLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$747,059
Stewart InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$229,665
Buffalo Niagara InternationalGeneral ARPA$18,037,049
Buffalo Niagara InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$2,106,785
Niagara Falls InternationalGeneral ARPA$2,016,356
Niagara Falls InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$104,573
Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester InternationalGeneral ARPA$10,967,641
Frederick Douglass-Greater Rochester InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$1,093,695
Greater BinghamtonLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$32,632
Ithaca-Tompkins InternationalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$93,596
Elmira-Corning RegionalLarge Concessions, Small Concessions$134,021