Alexander, Frist And Wamp Applaud DOT Grant To Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport - Funds Will Improve Connectivity And Lower Fares

Posted on August 31, 2004

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) today applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding $750,000 to the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority under the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP). The funds will be used to pursue a carrier to provide nonstop service to Dallas, Texas. "This funding will enable the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority to provide Tennesseans and visitors with excellent service and lower fares," said Frist. "By consistently improving its transportation infrastructure, Chattanooga will continue to grow as a center of economic commerce in our state." "This is one more example of the success and momentum that the Chattanooga area has worked hard to achieve," said Alexander. "I applaud the Department of Transportation for joining with the Chattanooga airport community to bring down airfares, one of the remaining impediments to growth in the region." "Additional air service for Chattanooga is critical for the economic development of Hamilton County and the Tennessee Valley Corridor," said Wamp. "Our office was pleased to support the effort to secure this grant along with the many other outstanding local, state and federal leaders that understand that good air service is vital to economic growth." The goal of Small Community Air Service Development Program is to help small communities address air service problems associated with insufficient service and high airfares. On May 12, 2004, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce joined with the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority in filing for a $750,000 SCASDP grant through DOT. The airport will use the funds, in addition to $325,000 raised in community support, to pursue a carrier to provide nonstop service to Dallas. Additional westbound competition will improve connectivity and lower fares for travelers throughout the region. SCASDP will provide a total of $19,880,000 in fiscal year 2004. These 46 grant awards benefit 52 communities in 34 states. More than one hundred applications were received by the DOT.