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Golden Triangle Regional Airport launching recruitment effort for westbound flights


COLUMBUS, Mississippi — The Golden Triangle Regional Airport is going after an airline that will provide westbound flights from Columbus.

The Commercial Dispatch reports ( that the airport has raised enough money locally to match a federal grant to launch the recruitment drive.

GTRA Executive Director Mike Hainsey says a $750,000 grant from the government will help with incentives to attract an airline.

Hainsey says the airport is offering $200,000 in gate fee waivers and $50,000 in marketing expenses.

The airport currently has three Delta flights per day to Atlanta.

Hainsey says he is focusing on recruiting American Airlines for flights to Dallas. Other options are Houston, Texas, and Denver.

The cities of Columbus, Starkville and West Point have contributed money as have Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay counties.

Information from: The Commercial Dispatch,

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