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Yeager hoping to provide service to Orlando

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- Yeager Airport officials have contacted three airlines about the potential of new service to Orlando, Fla., in light of a federal grant the airport received in late September.

The airport received $700,000 through the Small Community Air Service Development grant program, which will help pay for marketing and startup expenses for a new Florida flight, the Charleston Daily Mail reported. Only 25 airports in the country were awarded grant money through the program.

Although the airport now has funding available for an airline to use, it's up to the airline to decide to take the money to begin new flights, Airport Director Rick Atkinson said. Until the summer of 2012, AirTran Airways provided direct air service to Florida from Yeager.

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