Tester Secures More Than $350,000 for Ekalaka Airport

CARES Act funding will reimburse construction of a new hangar building

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $369,210 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding for the Ekalaka Airport to reimburse costs of constructing an 8,120 square foot hangar building to assist the airport to be as self-sustaining as possible by generating revenue.

“Montana is a big state, and many of our communities rely on our airports to feed local economies and keep folks connected,” said Tester. “During this uncertain time, we need to be investing in our transportation infrastructure so we’re prepared for the other end of this crisis. This grant will help the Great Falls Airport ensure it’s able to continue serving its community for years to come.”

Tester has worked tirelessly to ensure that Montana airports are able to serve their communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He recently urged the Trump Administration to provide robust assistance to the Airport Improvement Program and ensure local airports aren’t left behind in any new coronavirus aid packages. Earlier this month, he secured nearly $74 million for more than 70 airports across Montana to cover operational expenses and development projects during the crisis.