Economic Downturn Impacting Air Service

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The harsh economic times are making it harder and harder for small towns like Meridian to provide air service.

Meridian Airport Authority President Tom Williams tells Newscenter 11 that the demand just isn't what it used to be, making it harder to fill flights. He also says airlines simply aren't interested in small towns because of how tough it is to make a profit.

"So, ten years ago, eight airports with no subsidy," Williams says. "Today, seven airports with service, four of them subsidized. It's not good and this isn't anything Meridian is doing. This is the air transportation business."

Despite this, Williams says officials are working on bringing a third flight to Meridian Regional Airport. Currently, there are two flights.