Airport Grant

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Having an airport close enough for easy access but far enough to avoid annoying noise pollution can be pretty convenient.

But the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport has one pretty big weakness; its one commercial airliner only flies to the Twin Cities.

A federal grant announced yesterday could change that. It has the potential to bring in a second carrier with a second destination.

The half-million dollar transportation grant goes to airports like Eau Claire's that need financial help to encourage growth or competition.

Monday’s Department of Transportation announcement specifically mentioned Skyway Airlines, the regional subsidiary of Midwest Airlines, as a possible recipient of financial incentives to improve local services.

Airport manager Jerry Thiele says it’s good news, and now it’s up to Skyway to respond to local requests for service.