OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) – Representatives from four airlines made their case today to become the new essential air service provider at Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport.
The presentations by the four airlines, which include current provider Cape Air, happens as cape’s contract with the airport ends at the end of this year.
Air Choice One, Boutique Air, and Southern Airways all made presentations this afternoon.
Each airline focused on things ranging from planes they use, passenger numbers and community outreach. They also discussed the potential airports they’ll connect to including St. Louis, Chicago and Nashville.
Essential air service is a program run by the U.S. Department of Transportation that subsidizes communities like Owensboro to have flights to other cities and bigger airports.
Airport Director Rob Barnett says it has tremendous value to the region’s economy.
“Not only locally, but it also extends further than local. This is businesses in the region that are traveling to Owensboro, they’re staying in hotels, they’re eating at restaurants, they’re traveling through our airport and vice versa. We’re bringing people in to the community as well on this airline,” he says.
The airport board will make their recommendation to the U.S. Department of Transportation for their final approval.
This story was originally published on July 2, 2019