Airports in Mobile and Huntsville are among the 79 airports in the country that could lose an air carrier service, as the U.S. Department of Transportation considers a long line of applications by airlines seeking to shed services.
Frontier Airlines is hoping to drop its service to the Mobile Airport Authority. Silver Airways is looking to drop Huntsville International Airport.
Airlines are desperate to cut costs in the collapse of air travel owing to the virus crisis. The DOT has final say, and it has not said when it will begin deciding on the stack of applications.
Airlines were among the industries to receive relief money from the CARES Act, but that law requires them to maintain the same measure of service they had prior to the relief.
If it loses Frontier, Mobile would sill be served by American, Delta and United. If dropped by Silver, Huntsville would still be served by American, Delta, United and Frontier.