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Feds consider keeping Macon-Atlanta flight subsidy

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Federal officials are considering restoring a subsidy of more than $1 million to keep Atlanta to Macon passenger flights, despite about one person on average aboard each flight.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/LU9TvC) that the U.S. Department of Transportation has collected proposals from two carriers to take over the 80-mile route under the "Essential Air Service" program. The program subsidizes airline flights to smaller cities which might not have passenger air service otherwise.

In April, GeorgiaSkies told the DOT it plans to drop the business, prompting the agency to seek new operators.

Both carriers applying for the program think they can do better than GeorgiaSkies, which uses a nine-passenger, single-engine plane on the flights between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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