Four airlines are vying for the chance to provide passenger flights from Macon's airport to Atlanta and possibly other cities. They have submitted bids to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which subsidizes Macon flights under the federal Essential Air Service program.
A Florida-based airline is delaying its plan to begin flying travelers between Middle Georgia and Atlanta. The reasons behind the delay are not yet clear. In the meantime, GeorgiaSkies will continue flying passengers between Macon and Atlanta until Dec. 22 or longer.
Federal officials have awarded a two-year subsidy to Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines to provide passenger flights from Athens to Nashville, Tenn. U.S. Department of Transportation officials announced the decision to award the money from the Essential Air Service program.