Midland International Airport Officials Working to Draw in New Airlines

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Attracting potential airlines into the Tall City is proving tougher than expected thanks to the economy everywhere else.

Midland International Airport is one of just 16 small community airports across the Country receiving grant money from the Federal Government to help draw in new airlines.

The city put up $100,000 and an additional $600,000 was handed down a few months ago by the U.S. government.

But Marv Esterly, who heads up operations at Midland International Airport says they're trying to keep the carriers they have now by cutting landing costs.

He says the real concern is that airlines might end some flights to cut costs.

Esterly encourges you to take a flight this holiday season.

He says holiday travel is already starting to pickup and the airport won't lose the money from the grant or the city.