Columbus Airport to receive $750,000 grant

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - More improvements are on their way to the Columbus Airport with a $750,000 grant from Federal Department of Transportation (DOT).

The funding will come from the Small Community Air Service Development Program, which is annually approved by Congress and designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues.

According to Columbus Airport Director Richard Howell, the Commission plans to use the funds to attract additional air service to the Columbus Airport by providing a revenue guarantee and marketing support.

American Airlines' service from Columbus to Dallas-Ft. Worth was canceled in 2014, creating a subsequent loss of 49% of the airport's capacity. Howell now says they believe the new service will provide a wider range of air service options, help reduce fares and attract travelers that currently drive to Atlanta for their air service needs.

The Columbus Airport Commission was one of 16 recipients that competed for $7 million in available grant funding.

This is the second federal grant awarded to the Columbus Airport within a one month period. The FAA also awarded $1.1 million to the airport in early September.

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