LEA COUNTY, NM (KWES) - New airplanes may have the City of Hobbs shelling out more money.
United Airlines plans on retiring a passenger plane that serves the Lea County Regional Airport.
It will be replaced with jets that carry 70 passengers, instead of the 50 passengers the old plane could carry.
This could be problematic if the number of fliers continues to fall.
Hobbs and Lea County pay a subsidy to make sure the airline doesn't lose money in operating costs.
The new jets, plus a dip in the number of people flying, could cause the subsidy to increase.