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Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 4:52pm

Delta To Keep Brunswick Flights

Delta Airlines officials say, they'll keep flights to coastal Brunswick, but need more customers to make them profitable.

Local officials met with company representatives recently to talk about the city's three-daily, five-day-a-week flights. Local officials consider their airline connection with Atlanta a lifeline for business and tourism.

Delta spokesman Kent Landers says, ridership to and from the Brunswick Airport has declined by about half in 10 years.

"What we have told the Brunswick community is that this route needs additional riders to be successful over the long term," says Landers. "It has been losing money and it's important that we improve the ridership so the service may continue indefinitely."

Earlier this year, local officials heard from contacts close to the airline that Delta was considering pulling out of Brunswick.

That's when Steve Brian of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport decided it was time to meet with Delta officials to make their case to stay.

"It was very positive," Brian says, referring to their meeting. "We think that each side can put into place some initiatives that will really create some additional traffic and make this route more profitable for Delta and successful for our community."

Part of that will be convincing fliers to chose to fly through Brunswick instead of nearby Jacksonville or Savannah.

Local airport officials stress Brunswick's convenience as an airport.