by Michael Lowrey
As we previously mentioned, the Small Community Air Service Development Program is a means for smaller communities to get federal grant money to increase air service. This year, two cities mentioned Charlotte in SCASD grant applications: Lafayette, LA (LFT) and Burlington, VT (BTV). Lafayette’s proposal was silly and did not get funded. Burlington’s proposal was well thought out and they got the $450,000 they requested to help get Delta Air Lines and/or US Airways to start service to a southeast hub. Burlington is the second largest market within 1,200 miles lacking nonstops from Charlotte, and this is the next best opportunity for such flights to begin.