Florence getting $600,000 grant to help improve air service

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Florence will get a large grant to help improve its airline service, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The $600,000 grant will be used for a revenue guarantee and marketing to convert current American Airlines service to Charlotte, N.C. to regional jets, the release states. Right now those flights are serviced with Dash-8 turboprop aircraft.

Florence is one of 16 communities across the country receiving a total of $9.925 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program, which helps small communities develop their own solutions to local air service needs.

“This Administration is committed to ensuring that rural communities are not neglected and have access to the air services needed to be competitive in today’s economy,” said Secretary Chao.

The communities receiving grant awards this year are: Fairbanks, Alaska ($750,000); Bakersfield, Calif. ($500,000); Augusta, Ga. ($800,000); Sioux City, Iowa ($650,000); Shreveport, La. ($300,000); Lincoln, Neb. ($750,000); Farmington, N.M. ($850,000); Elmira, N.Y. ($275,000); Tulsa, Okla. ($750,000); Florence, S.C. ($600,000); Rapid City, S.D. ($700,000); Brownsville, Texas ($250,000); Roanoke, Va. ($750,000); Wenatchee, Wash. ($750,000); La Crosse, Wis. ($750,000); and Casper, Wyo. ($500,000).

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