NAPLES, Fla. - WINK News has uncovered the Naples Airport is looking into the possibility of bringing back passenger airline service. Delta was the last major airline that used the Naples Airport. It stopped flying there in 2007.
"Our number one goal and objective has been to bring air carrier service back," said Ted Soliday, Executive Director for Naples Airport.
The airport authority just hired a consulting group to study costs and the level of community support for the effort. That's something that was lacking in 2012 when the airport authority tried to bring in JetBlue. The company backed out after neighbors complained about the potential for more noise in the area. Soliday says this time will be different.
"In this case we're going to study the facts," said Soliday.
Facts that include; the number of passengers, possible destinations and potential growth. The airport authority can then present its findings to potential carriers. The study will also help determine how much money it will cost the airport to bring commercial service back.
"Our terminal is geared for 30 or 40 passenger aircraft," said Soliday. "If this is a larger aircraft our terminal would have to be expanded."
The Department of Transportation estimates the airport has an economic impact of more than $273 million each year.
Soliday says he'd like to get commercial aircraft that would carry about 70 passengers, and for service to begin in November of 2015.