Macon-Bibb mayor urging federal lawmakers to help keep passenger airplane service
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert is asking federal lawmakers to help keep the passenger airline service that flies out of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.
In a letter sent to U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop, and U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, Reichert wrote he received a tentative order from the United States Department of Transportation saying it will remove the funding that keeps Silver Airways flying out of Macon, which totals to nearly two million dollars. I
In his letter, Reichert states the reason behind the order is because the airline did not meet its 10 emplanements per day for fiscal year 2013. The order said during that fiscal year, Macon generated a total of 2,482 passengers, including inbound and outbound, which averages to four emplanements per day.
Reichert wrote this news was “extremely concerning” and said the Essential Air Service program is “vital to our efforts to have viable passenger air service provided here and to our future growth as the hub city of Middle Georgia.”
Reichert said once the DOT finalizes its calculations, Macon-Bibb will appeal the decision and he is asking Georgia lawmakers in Washington D.C. to join him.
The mayor’s office told 41NBC that they believe there is a market for passenger air service in Macon.
41NBC reached out to Silver Airways for comment, but haven’t heard back.