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Airport Authority seeks fair air fares at Huntsville Int'l Airport

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Huntsville International Airport has some of the highest ticket prices in the country. Huntsville International Airport has some of the highest ticket prices in the country.

Huntsville city leaders and the Airport Authority discussed lower air fares for the area. Huntsville International Airport has some of the highest ticket prices in the country, and they want to do something about that. 

Officials with the Huntsville airport have been meeting with other low cost carriers. They want to bring someone in who can make it more affordable to fly out of the airport instead of going to Nashville or Birmingham. A recent study showed that 90 percent of travelers go to those cities because the fares in Huntsville are too high.

"As you know, we are number one," said Richard Tucker, he's the Executive Director at the Huntsville International Airport.  "That's not something that you want.  It's okay to win a national championship but not in this particular category. Our average air fare in the country is $522."

Since AirTran left the airport in August, there has not been a low cost carrier for passengers to use - something they said they desperately want.

Albert Peterson II paid $500 for his flight to Los Angeles.  He said he is part of that 90 percent who often travels for lower fares. 

"I wish they would have some competitive rates so that when we are flying from Huntsville we can fly out of here with ease on our pockets and checkbooks," he said. 

Every week, Clifford Chatman has to fly for work.  He said he rides the waves of the fluctuating prices. 

"I think that, of course, there should be lower prices because of the economy, but I don't think it's going to happen because the prices have been in that range for a while; they dip and they spike," he said.   

Tucker said they have heard the concerns from their customers loud and clear. 

"How are we responding? We're trying to go after and talk to airlines about new service," he said.  "The Airport Authority puts incentive programs.  We would spend up to $2-million in incentives to airlines that would produce a program to help us address the difficulties and issues."

You can sign the petition to support local ability to negotiate airfares here: http://www.flyhuntsville.com/

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