Airport board supports new route to Dallas/Fort Worth
By Tracy Overstreet
Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 10:06 PM CST
The Hall County Airport Authority voted unanimously Monday morning in support of regional jet service to Dallas/Fort Worth from the Central Nebraska Regional Airport in Grand Island.
The recommendation is for a new Essential Air Service contract carrier and destination.
Currently the airport has Essential Air Service, which is federally subsidized air service, to Denver provided by air carrier Great Lakes Airlines.
The air carrier that proposed the Dallas/Fort Worth service is American Eagle airlines. It has proposed using a regional jet with seating for 37 to 50 passengers.
The federal subsidy cost is $2.2 million.
Airport Executive Director Mike Olson will take the airport board’s recommendation to the Grand Island City Council Dec. 28 for additional support before turning it into the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT will make the final selection for all EAS carriers across the country. The DOT decision is expected in mid-January.
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