Macon flights hit possible $3 million snag

Aug. 29--The federal government's plan to keep commercial planes flying out of Middle Georgia Regional Airport has hit a little turbulence. Namely, Delta Air Lines and its partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines -- which recently announced their...

"You can count on (us bidding)," he said. "And we'll do it for a heck of a lot less."

Wings Air operates out of several Southeastern cities, providing hop-flights to Atlanta. The city also has been working with Aviation Advantage, which Mike Anthony, the city's interim aviation director and chief administrative officer, said in July was anticipating starting flights from Macon to Washington D.C. this fall.

That service is going to be subsidized, in part, through a separate U.S. DOT grant, which the city won in 2005 to help airlines market new routes.

An attempt to reach Anthony for an update Tuesday on Wings Air and Aviation Advantage negotiations was not successful. An attempt to reach a Delta spokesman for comment also was unsuccessful.

ASA's decision to stop commercial flights won't have any effect on its maintenance hub at Middle Georgia Regional, which employs about 400 people at the airport complex, a company spokesman said last month.

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