Small Airports in North Carolina Survive Industry's Financial Tailspin

Smaller airports bear the brunt of cutbacks after record losses in the airline industry.

Delta's bankruptcy also contributed to the decision to yank service before a customer base could be established, he said.

"Delta said our lack of passenger traffic and questionable financing through bankruptcy gave an unsure footing and they couldn't afford to stay," Deike said.

"We're a city of 40,000, and $250,000 is not small beans," Deike said. "It hurt."


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