Chambers and airport join forces

Groups are looking to attract new flights and airlines

— The U.S. DOT will take two months to review the applications and will notify airports whether or not it has received the grant.

Shimkus said that regardless if the airport gets the grant, the three organizations are still getting together to think of different ways to attract more airlines or find new destinations for non-stop flights. He said they have been meeting with different airlines and talking with several companies about what their air service needs are.

“One thing we know is we have a database of about 50 companies we know have a vested interest in this, and we intend to keep them informed and engaged in that outreach effort,” Shimkus said. “We’ve been telling the members of our chambers if they have specific needs for new flights and new services, then let us know.”

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