The talk of adding a passenger airline service to the Bowling Green/ Warren County Regional Airport isn't new, but the reality that it will happen is. After years of hoping, locals will soon be able to fly out of Bowling Green.
"The airline would be 20 to 30 seats. the flight time just over an hour," said Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport Manager Rob Barnett.
Based on travel patterns and surveys, Barnett says the airport has decided Atlanta is the best hub to use as a connector.
Other cites like Chicago are not out of the question, and Barnett is aware that the nearby Nashville airport is competition, but says they can compete.
"In order to do that, we have to have the connectivity. We have to save people time, save them money in parking so we've arranged a multitude of incentives for this airline," said Barnett.
Those are low ticket prices, cheaper or no parking fees, and convenience. The recreational travelers won't be the only ones to benefit. General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman says it will save time and travel expenses for the plant's employees that travel between bowling green and Detroit weekly. It's that convenience Barnett believes will help the growing community, one that's in desperate need of a growing airport too.
"As our community continues to grow, we certainly feel that there is a need for some type of scheduled service," said Barnett.
The airport has narrowed down their search for the best airline service to two companies, and they hope to select one soon.
Some minor renovations will be made to the airport's interior to accommodate security personnel and equipment, but Barnett says the runways have been ready to take on these planes for years.