Thursday, April 30, 2009

File this under....things that matter, incentives

Wow.

"Officials from the North Central Regional Airport along with coordination from Clarksburg Travel Service arranged an afternoon of free flights. A Boeing 757 from Newark, New Jersey landed in Bridgeport to take passengers for a 30-minute flight around North Central West Virginia. The airport is trying reach a goal of 10,000 passengers for the year so it can be eligible for an airport improvement program grant."

Thanks to Bob Lawson, via Russell Sobel, for the pointer.

1 comment:

Jason D. Oberle said...

Matt,
this is not an uncommon practice. My hometown airport did the same several years back in order to upgrade the terminal via grant.

The real problems begin after the upgrades occur and the passenger fees are below the optimal level for maintenance and repairs for the upgrades or facilities.