BTR receives $1 million grant, funding to establish direct flight to Washington D.C.

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR) will be receiving $1 million to establish a direct flight to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), according to U.S. Congressman Garret Graves.

“Over the past two years, we have secured record investment in the Baton Rouge airport to help provide better air service out of the region. Based on passenger data, Washington DC and Chicago are the two most frequent destinations out of our airport. This investment will help to establish a direct flight between Baton Rouge and Washington DC. Lord knows Washington needs our help at a moment’s notice,” Graves said.

Graves has secured over $43 million in federal funding for the local airport since being named the top Republican on the Aviation Subcommittee.

Funding Breakdown:

  • FY19 AIP: $7,163,418
  • Supplemental AIP: $15,000,000
  • FY20 AIP: $5,666,667 (includes $566,667 in CARES Act local match)
  • CARES: $8,413,011
  • Omnibus (Dec 12/20): $2.993M
  • ARP (3/21): $4.827M
  • FY21 AIP: $4,286,525

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