Mayor Bob McDavid to make announcement involving Columbia airport

Thursday, March 1, 2012 | 5:11 p.m. CST; updated 9:46 a.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — An announcement regarding air service at Columbia Regional Airport will be the subject of a news conference Mayor Bob McDavid will hold Friday morning.

The announcement will come at 9:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Daniel Boone City Building, 701 E. Broadway.

Several members of the Airport Advisory Board who said Thursday they had no idea what the mayor would announce. Board Chairman Greg Cecil deferred to the mayor in declining to discuss any specifics about the announcement.

There has been a recent push from city officials to add a second destination for passenger flights from the airport. The city has been working with Boyd Group International, an aviation consultant group, to try and improve service in the city. City Manager Mike Matthes has said flights to Chicago, Dallas or Denver would be a good complement to the existing flights to and from Memphis International Airport.

City officials also have discussed the desire for major renovations to the terminal building at the airport. McDavid has called for a higher lodging tax to pay for those improvements. The city also has plans to expand runways at the airport.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines restored a mid-day flight to and from Memphis to its daily schedule. That brings the number of flights arriving and departing from the airport to three per day Sunday through Friday. There are two flights on Saturdays.

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