Joplin close to decision on new airline service

Monday, August 2, 2010 | 9:44 a.m. CDT

JOPLIN — Joplin city officials are expected to decide within the next week between two competing proposals for airline service to the southwest Missouri city.

The Joplin City Council is expected to discuss the issue at its meeting Monday night. The Joplin Globe reports that a recommendation to the U.S. Department of Transportation is expected within the next week.

American Eagle, an affiliate of American Airlines has proposed two flights a day to Dallas in 66-seat turboprops.

The other bid comes from Air Choice One, a family-owned airline that mostly is a carrier for cities in the subsidy program. It has proposed two options: four flights a day to St. Louis or five flights in nine-seat Cessna Caravans.

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