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Competition could be on the way to airport

September 8, 2004

Albany- Competition is good for consumers.

That's one reason many people want another airline at Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

Now, the airport has a $500,000 grant to go after a second carrier. Delta subsidiary ASA is the only airline that flies in Albany right now. Airport officials will visit with Northwest in Memphis, U.S. Air in Charlotte and Independence Air in Washington.

"That's what this grant is developed to do is to help ridership out of the smaller airports in our country and to give competition where it wasn't necessarily competing before so it's good for us," said Airport Director Yvette Aehle.

The airport must raise $150,000 from the community to go with the grant money.

posted at 10:32 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com