If you catch flights to Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport out of Macon, you'll get the chance to keep doing that over the next few years. Macon-Bibb County commissioners agreed to spend $19.5 million in federal money to allow Contour Airlines to fly out of Macon through September 2023.
Beverly Davis has worked for the Avis Budget Group renting cars at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport for the last four years. She says she does what she can to make sure passengers have a smooth ride to their next destination.
"You know, you try to accommodate them. They are on their flight and they've got to get to a place, so they come here to rent a vehicle," said Davis.
She was excited to hear Macon-Bibb Commissioners unanimously voted to use federal money to keep Contour Airlines flying out of Macon.
According to documents the county submitted to the United States Department of Transportation, passengers will pay just over a third of the cost of those flights, and taxpayers will pay nearly two-thirds.
"It's great. That would really bring business to our area here," said Davis.
Davis sees 20 customers a day. She says that is double the amount she's helped since Contour started making flights in 2017. She says the airline's service is convenient for passengers.
"They don't have to go to Atlanta with a whole bunch of traffic, so they really enjoy coming here," said Davis.
She has high hopes for the airline's future in Macon. "I hope they stay forever," said Davis.
There were no regular flights out of Macon's regional airport for nearly three years until Contour came to town.