Superintendent Lays out Airport's Future

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COLUMBIA- Mayor Bob McDavid told the Columbia Daily Tribune that the airport is at risk for losing passenger service. He cited nationwide airport consolidation as a key player in this.

Airport superintendent Don Elliot said he agrees that consolidation hurts airports nationwide and if Delta airlines removes its hub in Memphis, that would definitely be a problem for Columbia. Elliot said the airport needs to acquire another airline or fly to another hub that sends flights out around the country and internationally.

Overall, Elliot said October saw the highest number of passengers at Columbia Regional in 15 years- 3,744 of them. Mayor McDavid told the Tribune that even though passenger numbers are up, they still are far from what they need to be to keep the airport alive.