Politics
9:05 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Jefferson City pumps $100,000 into fund for new airline in Columbia

The Jefferson City Council agreed to provide the Columbia Regional Airport with $100,000 to help attract more airline services.

City Councilman Ralph Bray says Columbia has approached a number of cities in mid-Missouri for help in its attempt to bring a third airline to the airport.

“Well, it’s very, very exciting," Bray says. "Columbia has done a lot of work for the past couple of years or so, I believe, in studying the issue of providing greater air transportation and that would allow for international connections.”

Bray says the money will go into a fund used to guarantee a new airline’s profitability.

Jefferson City Administrator Nathan Nickolaus says it is important for the city to be involved with the airport’s progress.

“I think that it’s very important that the city of Jefferson has to get in the game," Nickolaus says. "That we are showing that we are going to try to get our citizens and employees to use that airport.”

Nickolaus says having diverse passenger service will be great for economic development.