PGV looks to bring in additional flight services

PITT COUNTY, NC (WITN) - The Pitt-Greenville Airport is hosting a series of public meetings to discuss ways to increase flights in and out of Eastern Carolina.

PGV is looking for community members, business owners, industry leaders and anyone else with an interest in increasing flight options to participate in a series of meetings this week to discuss ways to increase airport services.

During the symposiums, a consultant will discuss what it takes to bring in additional airlines to a community and what other places have done successfully.

PGV's Executive Director, Betty Stansbury, says that in a recent survey residents identified increasing airline service options as a priority and she says the demand is already here.

"We already know that 700 people a day out of our community and the surrounding communities are getting on an airline flight somewhere. Almost 500 of them are going to Raleigh to get on a plane, and about 20% of them are coming to PGV and we want to increase the utilization of our airport and give our community members more options," she said.

Stansbury says the three main factors that drive passengers to other airports are reliability, scheduling and price.

There are four symposiums:
Tuesday, May 22 at 10am, 12pm & 2pm
Wednesday, May 23 at 8am.

They are free and open to the public but registration is required as there is limited seating available in each session. To reserve a seat, contact Erin Henry at 252-902-2026 or via email at erin.henry@pittcountync.gov.