Peters, Stabenow Announce Upper Peninsula Airports Will Receive Over $5 Million in Federal Funding for Improvements

DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $1,007,549 to Ford Airport, $1,020,062 to Sawyer International Airport, $1,008,477 to Houghton County Memorial Airport, $1,008,286 to Chippewa County International Airport, and $1,006,476 to Delta County Airport. This funding will go toward costs related to operations, personnel, cleaning, sanitization, janitorial services, and combating the spread of pathogens at the airports.

“As we work to emerge from this pandemic, safe and reliable air travel is critical to keeping Michiganders connected to important markets and destinations,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. “I was proud to help enact this funding to help airports across the Upper Peninsula overcome COVID-related revenue shortfalls, retain staff and better protect traveler health and safety.”

“These investments will make air travel safer and more reliable,” said Senator Stabenow. “It will help our communities rebound from the pandemic and encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”

More information on the Department of Transportation Grant program can be found at http://www.dot.gov/grants.