Advisory Board Wants Mesa Air to Service Columbia Regional
But, the advisory board said offering flights only to St. Louis has not worked for Columbia. Board members said Mesa's two-city proposal is also the cheapest option, with a federal subsidy paying the $600,000 tab.
"I think it's the best option. It gives us the best opportunity to expand, I believe, in the future," explained Robert Taylor, board vice chairman. "Plus, it gives us immediate access to two different hub airports, or larger airports."
Although the advisory board recommended the Mesa Air plan, that's not the final word. The Columbia City Council will decide which proposal flies at the airport.
Trans States announced in February it wants to pull out from Columbia Regional. But, in April, the U.S. Department of Transportation ordered the company to continue service until the airport finds another airline.
A public hearing is set for June 5 to discuss the issue, with a June 9 deadline for a decision.