Northwest Alabama Regional Airport May Lose Commercial Air Service

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The Northwest Alabama Regional Airport could lose their Essential Air Service contract if they don't improve their flight attendance.

Silver Airways is the primary airline traveling to the airport. The airline's boardings aren’t meeting the estimated boards needed to keep up with EAS status.

According to the President of the Shoals Chamber of Commerce, Steve Holt, he says in order for the airport to keep their EAS status they will need an estimated 6,000 boards. He estimates they only have 3,000 boards this year.

If the airport loses their EAS status they won’t be able to get it back. This would leave the airport without commercial air service.

According to airport management, the airport is facing these challenges due to the Silver Airlines’ performance issues.

Airport management and city officials have reached out to the corporate headquarters and sent them a list of requests they believe will help improve service.

Among the request are special rates to cities like Atlanta, less delayed flights and earlier flight options.

Holt says the city plans to team up with the airport early next year to create a marketing campaign.

The campaign’s main purpose will be to create awareness of the airport and promote Silver Airlines.

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