MSP International Gets $125 Million Pandemic Help

For a major international airport the size of MSP it’s certainly just a band-aid, but a $125 million infusion is nothing to sneeze at. As part of the federal government’s CARES Act which is funneling more than $2.2 trillion to various areas of the U.S. economy, airports, much like most major U.S. airlines, are being provided financial assistance to basically keep the lights on during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, the CARES Act that Congress passed last month will provide $10 billion to airports across the country. The CARES acronym stands for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. On behalf of the airport, MAC (Metropolitan Airports Commission) spokesman Patrick Hogan said, “We are very grateful for the federal aid, which will help us make debt payments and continue the safe operation of our airports for those who need to travel. Long-term, the aid will not be nearly enough to cover our losses, so we are also putting in place cost-saving measures to bring expenses down as much as possible.”

The MAC also operates the St. Paul Downtown Airport, Airlake Airport in Lakeville, Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Crystal Airport, Anoka County-Blaine Airport and Lake Elmo Airport.

Published by iFlyMSP

After a 35-year travel industry career, the time has come to kick back and relax. Well, not exactly, but it is time to travel without a business schedule dictating where and when. Over the years I've traveled extensively by air for work, both domestically and internationally. I've been to some incredibly exciting and beautiful destinations, and some others, not so much. So now it's my turn (and hopefully yours), to explore the world at a more leisurely pace. Whether you want to discover the U.S. or another continent, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is a great starting point. And that's what this blog is all about. I'm not here to assist the rich and famous in figuring out how to best earn and utilize their millions of airline miles and hotel points. Instead, my focus will be on the average Joe and Josephine. Hard-working people (like you!) who have saved up over time for their once or twice a year escape from reality. So if you're contemplating a getaway from MSP or the Upper Midwest via the Twin Cities, you've come to the right place. Happy trails!

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