Montgomery to receive $300,000 for air service improvements

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 12:08 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:15 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Montgomery is one of 25 cities across the country that will receive grant money to improve air service, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

The capital city will receive funds totaling $300,000, according to the news release from the Small Community Air Service Development Program.

Montgomery Regional Airport Executive Director Wade Davis said they will use the grant monies to market their direct flights to Washington, D.C.

“The DC flight struggles a little bit versus the other flights because it’s more and of course, COVID and everything else,” Davis said, “this gives us a wonderful opportunity to be able to grow that flight and get more folks in seats.”

Davis mentioned if the airport continues to lose seats on the direct flight, it will more than likely cause a negative economic impact.

“Each one of these rows is worth between seven to $9 million in economic activity to the community each year,” he said, “so the loss of the DC flight, for example, would be very hard to take for the communities.”

Officials said the federal grants will assist with maintaining and building air service options as well as provide incentives to carriers, address current challenges, and study the possibility of expansion.

“In so many of our nation’s smaller communities, local air service is crucial to residents’ lives and livelihoods,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “We’re proud to award these grants to help strengthen local air service in 25 smaller communities and help Americans across the country get to where they need to go more efficiently and affordably.”

Gulf Shores also received a grant as well for $500,000 for air service improvements.

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