Congressman Bennie Thompson announced Thursday the U.S. Department of Transportation approved the application submitted by the Greenville Mid-Delta Airport (GLH), serving the Essential Air Service community of Greenville under the Alternate Essential Air Service (AEAS) program.
The Department of Transportation will enter into a grant agreement with Greenville to provide up to $12,181,884 for the 48-month term from Oct. 1, 2021 through Sept. 30, 2025, payable in an amount not to exceed $2,933,615 for the first year, $3,006,956 for the second year, $3,082,130 in the third year, and $3,159,183 for the fourth year.
Greenville will use the grant to secure public charter service provided by Corporate Flight Management, Inc. d/b/a Contour Airlines (Contour) from GLH to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Nashville International Airport (BNA), or an alternate hub airport designated by the community, using 30-seat Embraer ERJ-135 (EMB-135) aircraft.
A recommendation was made last month by Mid-Delta Regional Airport director Sam Washington to submit an application to the Department of Transportation for enrollment in the alternate Essential Air Service (EAS) program and secure Contour Air as the city’s EAS provider.
The Greenville City Council voted unanimously to accept Washington’s recommendation during their regular meeting June 6.