Athens Airport Losing Subsidy Money
Athens-Ben Epps Airport will lose more than a million dollars in federal funds. The airport is losing the $1.6 million in federal funding that supports commercial passenger air service.
The United States Department of Transportation recently notified Athens-Ben Epps Airport that funding through the national Essential Air Service (EAS) program would be terminated as of September 30, 2014. That means the EAS carrier - SeaPort Airlines - may terminate service on or after this date. Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines is expected to end its service to Athens, although the airline has not made any official notification.
Airlines receiving the subsidy are required to carry 10 passengers per day. According to the DOT, SeaPort has been carrying an average of 5.9 passenger per day, although airline officials said earlier this year that the airline was then averaging seven passengers daily.