Commercial Airport Is One Step Closer To Being Developed

By: Danielle Morgan Email
By: Danielle Morgan Email

A commercial airport is another step closer to being developed in southeastern Kentucky.

The study is finished and officials say the demand does exist for a commercial airline in our region.

The runways at the Pikeville/Pike County Regional Airport could be the future home of a commercial airline.

At least that's what leaders with the Big Sandy Area Development District are hoping for.

An aviation consultant group from Georgetown is conducting a feasibility study for a regional commercial air service in two phases.

The group's president, Randal Wiedemann, says the first, brought back good results.

Wiedemann says the Pikeville airport was chosen as the hub because the costs to improve it are more than three-million dollars less than the other option, the Big Sandy Regional Airport.

The second phase is where the funding comes in.

Some local people are excited about the possibilities a commercial airline could bring to the region.

Officials say only one airline needs to commit to the deal.

Officials say they'd like to see a delta connection, so Pikeville can become a hub for two round-trip flights each day to Cincinnati.

After an airline deal is made, officials say the flights could begin in less then one year.

They say it could take a lot of work to convince a commercial airline to come to Pike County with a decreasing population and lower-than-average income levels.

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  • by Misty Location: Harold on Jun 13, 2007 at 07:12 AM
    If they want to do real research have the flights leaving Lexington looked up, billing locations/addresses for the past year of people who have flown out of Lexington. I usually fly out of Lexington at least 5 times a year and I will find 1/2 of the people I am sitting around talking with are from right here in Eastern Kentucky. Many complaining they have to drive from far Eastern Kentucky to Lexington or Huntington VA to fly out. I find myself driving more often to my destination not because it is cheaper but it is less time consuming. I have to drive 3 hours to the nearest Airport, be there 2 hours early, then flight is delayed 1-2 hours, with a 2 hour flight ahead of me by then I could have easily drove anywhere within 8-10 hours driving time. I know I am not the only one in this situation I meet many in my travels. If we had a connecting flight right here local it would be a convenience and I would fly more than drive due to I could go 10 minutes from home to catch the flight. If they do the research via who is flying out of Lexington and Huntington I am sure they would find Eastern Kentucky makes up for a great majority.
  • by Brandon Location: Middlesboro on Jun 12, 2007 at 08:01 PM
    It says being developed in Southeastern KY not Eastern KY. Which is where Pikeville/Pike Co Airport is located.
  • by Eddie Location: Letcher County on Jun 12, 2007 at 06:01 PM
    A commercial airport is of vital importance if East Kentucky is to continue to grow as a important energy supplier and as a developing economic base for many new small and large business start-ups.With a commercial airport making more timely and easier egress and ingress into the area,the incentive for more business growth would be in place.We sorely need this transportation inprovement for our area for many reasons,vacation travel will be easier to arrange,parts and materials can be quickly obtained,and more people would use this mode of public transportation,thereby saving time and money.It's a win-win situation for the people of our region and should be welcome news for all our citizens.


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