Airline's arrival in western Ky. boosts passengers

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Thanks to the arrival of a low-cost airline, Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport is on track to board 10,000 passengers this year for the first time in a decade.

Allegiant Air began twice-a-week flights between Owensboro and Orlando, Fla., last month. The Messenger-Inquirer newspaper reports the 150-seat planes have carried an average of 138 passengers per flight.

Interim airport manager Bob Whitmer says if Las Vegas-based Allegiant can average 111 people on the remaining flights this year, the western Kentucky airport will board 10,000 passengers. He says that would mean the Federal Aviation Administration will increase funding for capital projects at the airport from the current $150,000 level to $1 million.

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