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Boone County Airport Manager Judy McCutcheon points to site preparation for a hard-surfaced apron north of the terminal at the Boone County Airport. When completed the half-million dollar project will offer sites for commercial development, including hangars.
SeaPort Airlines officials have announced that commuters who use the Boone County Airport have three round trip flights daily to Memphis, two round trips flights daily to Kansas City, and one round trip daily to Hot Springs and Dallas.
The revised schedule will take effect Thursday, March 1, and gives commuters an extra option for connecting with Memphis, according to airport manager Judy McCutcheon.
She noted that the Memphis flight was sold out Wednesday morning, and the reshuffling of flights is an attempt to meet commuters’ needs.
The airline doesn’t fly Saturdays, so the flights are Sunday - Friday.
The revised schedule includes two non-stop flights between Harrison and Memphis, and both are subsidized through Essential Air Service. The hour-long flights:
• Depart Memphis at 7:30 a.m. and arrive in Harrison at 8:30 a.m., depart Harrison at 8:35 a.m. and arrive in Memphis at 9:35 a.m.
• Depart Memphis at 5 p.m. and arrive in Harrison at 6 p.m., depart Harrison at 6:15 p.m. and arrive in Memphis at 7:15 p.m.
One of the non-stop flights between Harrison and Kansas City is subsidized while the other flight is not. The 1 hour, 10 minute flights:
• Depart Kansas City at 7:10 a.m. and arrive in Harrison at 8:20 a.m., depart Harrison at 8:45 a.m. and arrive in Kansas City at 9:55 a.m.
• Depart Kansas City at 4:50 p.m. and arrive in Harrison at 6 p.m., depart Harrison at 6:10 p.m. and arrive in Kansas City at 7:20 p.m.
The one-stop fight between Harrison and Hot Springs is not subsidized, and the return flight gives travelers the option of continuing to Dallas or diverting to Memphis.
The flight departs Dallas at 10:05 a.m., departs Hot Springs at 11:30 a.m. and arrives in Harrison at 12:10 p.m. The return flight leaves Harrison at 2:30 p.m. and arrives in Hot Springs at 3:10 p.m. The flight to Memphis will arrive at 4:30 p.m., while the flight to Dallas will arrive at 5 p.m.
Since SeaPort started servicing four Arkansas airports — Harrison, Hot Springs, El Dorado and Jonesboro — that are part of the Essentail Air Service program, Harrison has led the state in passengers boarded with almost 600 each month.
SeaPort announced last fall that it was discontinuing service to SeaPort, saying the market remains unprofitable, even with the subsidy.
Earlier this month, a four-year appropriation bill for the FAA was approved, and the legislation includes four years of funding for the Essential Air Service program.