Airport could add commercial service

The Pikeville-Pike County Regional Airport could soon be adding commercial airline service.

Officials say they are talking with two major airlines that could provide daily service at the airport.

The flights would serve as connecting flights to larger airport hubs in cities like Charlotte and Atlanta.

The airport would serve a 13 county area in the tri-state region.

Those included would consist of nine counties in Kentucky, three in Virginia, and one in West Virginia.

“You would get on the plane in Pikeville, make a relatively short flight to a major connecting hub, and then you get there and you can connect and go to virtually any place that you want to go,” Luke Schmidt said.

Officials hope to have something in place by the end of this year.

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