Columbia's Only Airline Ordered to Keep Flying

1 decade 4 years 1 month ago Saturday, April 22 2006 Apr 22, 2006 Saturday, April 22, 2006 6:06:20 PM CDT April 22, 2006 in News
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Trans States Airlines is the regional carrier that operates the route for AmericanConnections. It had planned to pull out of the college town next month, leaving the city without a carrier. But the Department of Transportation says air service needs to continue while officials sort through proposals and subsidy requests from other carriers. The order ensures that Columbia passengers will not lose their air link to St. Louis. The federal order also formally opens Columbia Regional Airport up to bidding for essential air service. The 1970s-era program is designed to guarantee a minimal level of air service to small communities.

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