Columbia Regional Airport will receive almost $18.8 million for operations and to continue major capital projects from a distribution of $152.5 million allocated to the state to support airports during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The money will go to 75 airports in all, with smaller airports receiving a $30,000 payment to support operations, with larger payments for busier general aviation and commercial passenger airports.


In central Missouri, the Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport in Cooper County, the Elton Hensley Memorial Airport in Fulton, the Mexico Memorial Airport in Audrain County and the Omar Bradley Airport in Moberly will each receive $30,000. The Jefferson City Memorial Airport will receive $69,000.


This funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Airport Grant Program, which will total $10 billion nationwide. The funds may be used for capital or operating expenses and debt payments.


The grants also will cover an increase to 100 percent in the federal share for grants awarded under the fiscal year 2020 appropriations for Airport Improvement Program and Supplemental Discretionary grants.