CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Officials at Yeager Airport hope an airline will start a new route to Orlando.
A media outlet reports that airport officials have contacted three airlines about the possibility of opening up the route. The airlines have not been publicly identified.
The airport has received a $700,000 federal grant, which officials say could help pay for marketing and startup expenses for a new Florida flight.
Until the summer of 2012, AirTran Airways provided direct air service to Florida from Yeager. That route was terminated after Southwest Airlines bought AirTran.
The result of the loss of AirTran caused passenger traffic from Charleston to Florida to drop, and fares on the route increased.