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Tyler Group Holds Meeting Regarding American Airlines

Community and business leaders met this afternoon to discuss the impact a planned cut-back by American Airlines could have on Tyler and what they can do about it.  American Airlines previously announced plans to scale down on flights from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The company will offer four flights out of Tyler, instead of seven beginning on March 1st.

 Smith County Commissioner David Stein, Chamber of Commerce members and Airport Manager Davis Dickson were some of those on hand for the hour-long meeting at the Chamber of Commerce. During the meeting, the group said it's willing to do anything to keep the flights here. They say they're even willing to make deals with other airline carriers, if necessary. "We have a good departure schedule now with American and if flights were reduced, certainly frequency is a big factor for us and we would hate to see that drop," said Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Manager Davis Dickson.

"I've flown American for years but if they can't provide us service then we have to find an alternative and if Continental's willing to step up, they now have six flights a day. If they go to seven, for the business traveler, that makes all the difference in the world," said Smith County Commissioner David Stein.

Unless Tyler leaders can change it, American Airlines' scale-back plan will take place as scheduled.  Commissioner Stein says he needs the community's input on the situation. You can do that by contacting Airport Manager Davis Dickson.

The group decided that Mayor Joey Seeber should contact American Airlines and set up a meeting to discuss what can be done. As to when the meeting will be held, that is not known at this time.

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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