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Airport in talks with American Airlines

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Jefferson County is hoping to re-establish air service at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport. 

The county and the airport have been in talks with American Airlines to provide service to Dallas. For two months transportation service at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport has come in the form of buses. 

Pinnacle Airlines which provided air service to united airlines in Houston ended service after declaring bankruptcy in April. 

But now the airport hopes to establish an agreement with American Airlines a company that once had commercial flights fly in and out of Jack Brooks until 2001.

 "From Dallas you can get anywhere in the world. It's an international hub. It also gives people the option, instead of driving to Houston, they can fly to Dallas," Interim Airport Director Alex Rupp. 

Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick says American is asking for $1.5 million in guaranteed revenue before moving forward which is common when dealing with smaller airports. 

That revenue would come from public entities and corporations, not from taxpayers. 

American Airlines' commuter carrier, American Eagle, would provide the flights if a deal is made.
 
American Airlines stopped service at Jack Brooks in 2001 one due to labor disputes and difficulty facing the airline industry due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 

 

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