Weak air passenger numbers worry Jackson airport

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Jackson officials watch the passenger boarding numbers of the city's airport and worry they might not be strong enough.

According to The Jackson Sun, SeaPort Airlines has until Dec. 31 to demonstrate air passenger service to McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport is viable.

Seaport President Rob McKinney said this month that each flight needs to average six to seven people for the airline to keep its federal contract. So far this year, the average has been two passengers per flight.

Airport Authority records show that through March 266 people had flown to either Nashville or Memphis in the first quarter of the year. Another 143 people have flown into the airport from those cities

City Councilman David Cisco said keeping passenger service is important to industrial development.

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