MAYVILLE – The partial Federal Government shutdown in Washington D.C. is slowing down the decision on whether Boutique Airways will be the next airline to serve the Jamestown Airport.
Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello told WNYNewsNow Wednesday that because the government is shut down the Federal Department of Transportation is unable to make a decsion.
The county, along with Boutique Airways, applied for Essential Air Service Program funding to help subsidise service.
Borrello said prior to the shutdown he was told that D.C. officials were close to making a decision on the application.
“It is a little disappointing knowing that we are being delayed now because they are not open,” said Borrello. “We also recently modified our application with Boutique. Boutique was able to find some efficiencies after they were awarded service in the Johnstown Airport in Pennsylvania and that brought their costs down a bit and they reduced the amount of subsidy that they were requesting.”
As part of the adjustments to the deal, Chautauqua County has agreed to help market the airport and make improvements to the facility to make it more appealing to visitors.
“We also made some of our priorities known that we were going to assist in other ways as well,” said Borrello.
Borrello said he wants to bring a restaurant back, provide ground public transportation like CARTS, and bring in a rental car service to the airport.