Loss of federal subsidies could end passenger service at MOV Airport

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Air transportation services in the Mid-Ohio Valley could be in trouble, and officials say it would affect more than just the local airport.

Essential Air Service is one of the many programs on the chopping block in President Donald Trump's preliminary budget.
The government program enables airline traffic to airports in smaller regions across the country.

The manager of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Aiport says the airport couldn't provide service without the subsidies.
He says the local economy would also take a hit.

“What it would impact is potential economic growth in the future. When a business is looking to relocate to the Mid-Ohio Valley, they'd be looking to what kind of air service the airport presently has, and that would be one of the factors they'll be looking at is how the ease they'll have of getting the employees in and out of the area."

Via Air operates 12 flights a week out of the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.