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Commission Briefed on Competing Airlines

By Chris Taylor

Paducah, KY – Paducah city commissioners were briefed last night on the two airline companies vying for a federal subsidy to offer services at Paducah's Barkley Regional Airport. Airport Manager Richard Roof says the two airlines, SkyWest and Mesaba, are both seeking funds to run connecting flights to larger airports. Mesaba is Paducah's current carrier, connecting to Delta's Memphis hub. SkyWest is proposing to fly 50-seat jets twice daily between Paducah and Chicago's O'Hare Airport. Individuals can go to and fill out the Essential Air Service Survey to voice their choice. The airline is expected to be chosen some time next month.