USDOT: City ineligible for airline funds

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GREENVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation says Greenville is not currently eligible for the federally funded Essential Air Service subsidy program, which puts in doubt passenger service to the Mid-Delta Airport.

The Delta Democrat-Times reports (http://bit.ly/W1gCKr ) the government will not select a new airline to service Greenville. The city had hoped to get approval for SeaPort Airlines to replace Silver Airways.

Transportation agency spokeswoman Caitlin Harvey says Greenville was recently found ineligible because its airport did not have 10 or more passengers per service day as required by federal program rules.

Harvey says the city has until July 24 to file an appeal.

Silver Airways in April said it would discontinue flying into and out of Greenville.

The final decision would be made by the Department of Transportation.

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Information from: Delta Democrat-Times, http://www.ddtonline.com

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