Essential air service program spared

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Good news for Heartland airports.

Taxpayer subsidies are back in the transportation budget.

Last year, congress prohibited subsidies from exceeding one-thousand-dollars a passenger.

The essential air service program, subsidizes flights to 120 communities in 35 states including the Cape Girardeau and Paducah airports.

The program awards contracts, usually worth between one-and two-million-dollars a year.

Supporters of the subsidies say having access to air service is crucial to the economies of rural towns.

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