Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $15.5 Million in Federal Funding for Detroit Metro Airport Businesses

Grant Made Possible by American Rescue Plan Will Help Airport Businesses

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) announced today that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $15,543,066 to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport. This grant – which was made possible through the American Rescue Plan Act that Peters and Stabenow helped enact earlier this year – will provide financial help for concession businesses located at the airport.  


“Michigan businesses have been hit hard during this pandemic and businesses located at Detroit Metro airport are no exception,” said Senator Stabenow. “These funds will provide needed support as our travel and tourism industry recovers from this pandemic.


“Metro Airport is a vital economic hub for Michigan and our country. Ensuring its success is critical to Michigan’s economic recovery,” said Senator Peters, a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. “I’m pleased that funding I helped secure through the American Rescue Plan will allow Detroit Metro to continue connecting businesses and travelers in our state to important markets and destinations across the globe.”


“We’re thankful to Senators Peters and Stabenow for their leadership in securing this funding for our concessionaires who have endured staffing challenges and supply shortages throughout the pandemic,” said Wayne County Airport Authority CEO Chad Newton. “This award will allow our Detroit Metropolitan Airport team to continue providing excellent service to our customers and ensure we remain a key contributor to Southeast Michigan’s economic recovery.”


More information on the Department of Transportation Grant program can be found at