(02/10/2011)
West Virginia transportation officials are telling state lawmakers of devastating problems if Congress ends federal air service subsidies.

Aeronautics Commission Director Susan Chernenko told the House Finance Committee that four of West Virginia's seven airports could lose all of their air service.

The program provides around $7.9 million annually to maintain routes for airports in Parkersburg, Beckley, Bridgeport, and Morgantown.

The program offers subsidies to airlines for less-profitable routes, generally involving airports in rural or remote communities.

Research says the program is serving too few people, and not worth the investment.


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