GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Senator Thom Tillis and Representative Greg Murphy announced a $750,000 U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant for the Pitt-Greenville Aiport Authority.
The grant will support funding for twice a day daily service to a second major airport hub on the East Coast to give Eastern North Carolinians more travel options when connecting.
“Today’s announcement is a major win and significant investment for Greenville and surrounding communities,” said Senator Tillis. “This $750,000 grant will be used to promote increased travel options for North Carolinians and generate additional economic activity in the community. I am proud I was able to advocate for this critical funding and look forward to the development it will bring.”
Senator Tillis advocated for the grant on behalf of the Pitt-Greenville Aiport authority, including sending a letter to Secretary Elaine Chao in July 2019 asking for her support.
Representative Murphy said, ” Just recently, I had the pleasure of meeting with several staff members from Pitt-Greenville Airport to learn more about their needs. I am glad they can take action to improve their facility as a result of this funding and look forward to seeing the finished result of the service improvements.”
According to Richard Nanney, Operations Manager for PGV said the grant will help cover the initial start-up costs for a new, second airline coming to PGV.
Nanney added the grant would cover the airline’s initial expenses.
The goal is to provide service to Greenville to another major hub city — for example, Delta’s hub at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson or a United hub like Washington-Dulles or Newark Liberty, Nanney said.
PGV officials have been in discussions with other airlines, but they are not able to specify which ones.