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City officials approve $500k grant for Savannah-Hilton Int'l Airport

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Some big money coming to town that might save you money if you fly.  Savannah City Council gave the Savannah City Manager permission to authorize the Airport Commission permission to take a $500,000 grant from the United States Department of Transportation.

The federal grant allows the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport to go after low cost air carriers, a similar grant which helped them secure Jet Blue earlier this year. 

They had a deadline of November 15th, so this meeting had to take place soon.

Today, it was a brief meeting,  as council did as expected, authorizing the city manager to accept a U.S. Department of Transportation's grant offer of $500,000 under the D.O.T.'s Small Community Air Service Development Program.

This now gives the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport an advantage over competing airports as they look to lure SouthWest Airlines, or another carrier, to Savannah.

"We were fortunate to get this grant but there is such demand for it if we didn't act and execute the acceptance letter by their deadline they will immediately give it to our nationwide competitor for low cost carriers," Sylvester Forney, Airport Commission Chairman, told WTOC.

Since council members will be at a conference and not available to vote next week, they needed to vote now before the November 15th deadline. Forney says the search for a new low cost carrier has already been in the works, with Jet Blue set to launch in February.

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