Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Airport Officials Aim to Lure Carriers ; Improved Service Is Goal

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Airport Officials Aim to Lure Carriers ; Improved Service Is Goal

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Evansville Regional Airport plans to put its - and the Tri- State's - best foot forward during an airline industry conference next month in Texas. The conference, Network USA, is for representatives of airports and airlines, and part of the event includes one-on-one networking meetings that are arranged in advance.

Evansville airport officials will travel to San Antonio for this year's Network USA event March 3-5. Their ultimate goal is to improve Evansville's air service, either through persuading additional airlines to use the local airport or by getting existing carriers to add local routes.

Currently Evansville's airport is served by two airlines, Delta and American. Between the two airlines, the airport offers direct flights to four cities: Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Detroit.

Dianna Page, Evansville Regional Airport's marketing director, said this year the airport secured one-on-one meetings with nine airlines. Each of these meetings will be a 30-minute session between Evansville officials and representatives from a different airline.

Page said such meetings are important because they give a chance for airports to convey "the things that don't show up in a data report."

To that end, Page and Airport Manager Doug Joest plan to tell airlines about the Evansville area's economy, economic development activity and the airport's facilities, including its newly installed passenger jet bridges.

In return, local airport officials say they will be interested to learn what's new with the airlines, including planned changes in routes or strategy.

"It's just as important learning what they've got going on as it is them learning what's going on in our community," Page said.

One thing Evansville likely won't learn much about at the conference: details of the pending merger between American and US Airways. …

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