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Albany airport looking for growth

April 15, 2004

Albany- Traveling from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is regular business for some people.

Last month, more than 3,000 people flew out of here with almost as many flying in. But customers would like to pay less to use this airport.

"What we're having the difficulty with now are the airfares," said Robert Mull, interim airport director. "Those are the major complaints that I get now are the high air fares."

So airport officials are applying for a federal grant that would be used to bring in a second airline or augmented service.

"If we could get Delta to provide us with a, say for instance, a direct here from here to Cincinnati which would be good for our customers because Cincinnati's always in our top five," Mull said.

A little competition is always good for customers.

"Direct competition with Delta ASA would generally, hopefully, drive the prices down across the board."

The airport is also trying to expand its cargo business. They just finished this $4 million ramp that can hold up to six large planes. They're planning to put new buildings near the ramp for companies like UPS to use.

"If we can increase our cargo numbers with this new ramp to attract cargo to come here because we have the best weather in the region."

Whether it's expanding cargo business or flights for you, airport officials want the airport to keep growing.

brannon.stewart@walb.com