Federal government searching for new airline service for Macon airport

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The federal government is looking for a new commercial airline to fly out of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

The airport’s manager, Doug Faour, tells 41NBC he is hoping the U.S. Department of Transportation will pick an airline that meets the community’s needs, has a decent schedule, and is Department of Defense certified so it can carry military personnel. He adds there are 1.1 million passengers in Middle Georgia who could benefit from the new service.

“There’s a large number of people that come from this area that travel using commercial service and they would prefer to utilize their local airport and take advantage of that convenience,” Faour said.

The current airline, Silver Airways, will stop flying out of Macon on November 5th.

The USDOT is accepting proposals for the new service until November 24th. Airport officials will have the opportunity to review them and give their opinions, but Faour says the USDOT will make the final  decision.

Faour says there will be a lapse of service while federal officials search for a new airline. He hopes to find out when the new service will begin in December.