McKellar-Sipes Gets EAS Waiver

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Leaders of McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport are hoping air service will continue in Jackson. The Department of Transportation has sent out requests for proposals for a news essential air service provider for the airport. The paperwork indicates that the Department of Transpiration has ordered Pacific Wings to continue service until at least October 31 as the department seeks a new air service provider. County leaders said having air service at the airport is vital. “Having the service puts us (the area) in a different perspective when we look at prospects coming to this community, but as well for West Tennessee,” said Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris. “As a whole it just a closer more convenient location for people to travel out of and into and it could potentially help us from a tourism standpoint.” The new new service would have to come here for at least one year or until the city’s EAS status is determined. Proposals for the Essential Air Service program are due by September 30.

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