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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