W.Va. Officials Warn Of Bid To Scrap Air Subsidies

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia transportation officials are warning state lawmakers of devastating results 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 complete air service.

The program offers subsidies to air lines for less-profitable routes.

These often involve airports in rural or remote communities.

Critics say the program is serving too few people.

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

Chernenko said Wednesday that Lewisburg's airport had been in the program until last year. She addressed the committee on Tuesday.

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