The state Transportation
Agency is trying to cut losses and improve
financial performance at the 10 state-owned airports. Some of the changes have been controversial, and it’s
not yet clear whether the reforms will fly.
Airports in Rutland and West Lebanon, New Hampshire, both benefit from a
federal subsidy program that’s been the subject of a bitter dispute in
Washington over the past two weeks. The
quarrel has been temporarily resolved. And the airline that serves both
communities says their service is strong and growing.
With the summer travel season heating up, small regional airports like
those in Rutland and Lebanon are worried about proposed cuts to a federal program that subsidizes their passenger
Peter Welch is concerned about the future of the Rutland Southern Vermont
Regional Airport. That’s because a bill that passed the House on Friday contains a provision that
would eliminate subsidies to rural airports.