Regional Airport Could Add Flights to and from Chicago

It is possible that there could be flights to and from Chicago out of Southern Illinois. It could be possible due to a joint collaboration from the City of Carbondale, the City of Marion and Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. Officials say they’ve made the point that for any air service to be successful, it takes the support of the entire region of individuals in the area that’s going to actually utilize and buy tickets for the flights. Cape Air currently, flies out of Veterans Airport in Marion, to St. Louis and Nashville. Two years are left on that contract and those flights are subsidized by the federal Government. The prospect of Chicago flights sparked the interest of city officials two years ago. The airport is planning to target potential customers throughout the region.  Officials say the area or their catch may area includs just south of Mount Vernon, all the way down to Vienna, and on the west over to Murphysboro and DuQuoin and that area all the way to the east to Harrisburg,  Almost a quarter of a million individuals in the area.  Officials say it is going to impact their largest and smallest employers it’s going to be a very important asset to economical development in Southern Illinois.


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