TEXARKANA, Ark. – For the Texarkana regional airport to get another airline, two things have to happen: Sign a contract with the new airlines and complete the new terminal.
The airport recently received a $ 884,722 grant from the US Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program. This enables Texarkana Regional to offer local residents commercial air services to Houston’s George Bush International Airport through a partner of United Airlines (Skywest).
However, Paul Mehrlich, executive director of the Texarkana Regional Airport Authority, said that in addition to completing the airport’s new passenger terminal to provide operational space for United, a negotiated contractual agreement with United Airlines would first be required.
The new terminal should be completed by spring 2023. More said this will likely do justice to the new airlines without any problems, as United has five years to use the grant funds to launch two daily flights to Houston.
Once flights to Houston take off, flight time on United’s Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet 200 should be around 43 to 47 minutes. The aircraft itself can accommodate around 50 passengers per flight.
The airport currently offers three daily flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. These flights take approximately 35 minutes prior to arrival.
More hopes that the contract will be negotiated in the next few weeks.
Even if the five-year grant doesn’t necessarily guarantee the continuation of United flights to and from Houston after the grant expires through 2026, there’s still a good chance United Airlines could develop enough business to become permanent and self-sustaining, officials say Texarkana Regional Airport.