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04/23/08 - Tyler

Council Approves Incentives To Grow Tyler Air Service

At their meeting on April 23, the Tyler City Council approved a measure that will update promotional incentives to increase and enhance air service at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.  The ordinance approved allows for waiver of user fees to new airlines providing service to and from Tyler as well as existing airlines who add additional flights or destinations.

The ordinance has been in place since May 2007; however, it is now being amended based upon feedback received from airlines and the Airport Advisory Board.  The primary change is to eliminate the minimum amount of time to receive the waiver. 

"We feel that if new airlines begin providing service in Tyler, they will stay," said Airport Manager Davis Dickson. "This is an important tool for the Airport to attract new service.  East Texans have a strong desire for more flights and flexibility in their travel plans.  This incentive will help us to respond to this market demand."

The Tyler Pounds Regional Airport was recently named Airport of the Year by the Federal Aviation Administration.  It serves 150,000 travelers per year and has up to 11 flights per day.  Service is provided by American Eagle Airlines and Continental with service to Houston and Dallas with worldwide connectivity.

"We have observed that flights to and from Tyler are very full or over booked," said City Manager Bob Turner.  "The time is ripe to expand service.  As our community grows, we want to be positioned to provide a high level of service."

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