Grant Money Aimed at Attracting New Airline Flight
A $700,000 federal grant could mean that airline travelers can again move between Charleston and Orlando. There has not been a direct flight out of Yeager Airport since June of 2012 when AirTran stopped its route. Southwest Airlines is the parent company. The Charleston Gazette reports the grant money will be used primarily as bait to attract a low-fare airline, and be used toward its marketing and to ease the airline's startup costs. The grant was recently announced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller.