Fixing Problems at Dothan Regional Airport

A local U.S. Congressman is asking for your help figuring out how to improve commercial air service to and from Dothan Regional Airport.

The Dothan Regional Airport is the primary source of air travel for many southeast Alabama residents, but getting a flight in or out of Dothan can often be a nightmare.

Angela McNeal says, "We have experienced a lot of cancellations and flight delays here at our airport.”

Ticket prices are another problem.

Delta Airlines which contracts with Atlantic Southeast Airlines to service Dothan is in charge of pricing flights and even though some air travelers are not happy with the cost of flying.

Airport officials in Dothan say there is little they can do.

"The airport is like a landlord and the airlines are like our tenants. So we don't have anything really to do with the ticket prices or the scheduling. When ever there is a problem we just try to take it to them and try to work on trying to find a way to solve it," said Art Morris.

In order to address these problems, Congressman Terry Everett, is asking the public to share their comments and concerns so that he can in turn use them as part of his testimony in a House Congressional Subcommittee on Commercial Air Travel scheduled fort April 25th.

In the meantime, airport officials in Dothan want people to know one thing.

"We are aware of the problems that are going on and we have had these problems before, and we've worked with the airlines to find a solution, and I'm sure that we will be able to resolve these issues," said McNeal.

You can send your concerns to Congressman Everett at 256 Honeysuckle Roads, Suite 15 or at his Montgomery address 3500 Eastern Boulevard, Suite 250.

The House Congressional Subcommittee meeting will take place next Wednesday.


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  • by Chris Rader Location: Fort Rucker on Apr 18, 2007 at 01:45 PM
    I travel frequently out of Dothan on government business since that is where our contract is from. I would much rather drive to Montgomery or Atlanta to catch a flight because on numerous occasions I have not had my luggage at my destination and the flights are many times late or cancelled. I believe that the only way to get better service in Dothan is to get some competition for ASA. The ticket prices will come down and the service will have to get better. I know that it is not the fault of the workers in ASA because they do what they can with what they have but corporate ASA is the one trying to make huge profits not unlike the oil industry (another thorn for discussion). When Northwest Airlink left Dothan, ASA was left to charge what they wanted to and cancel when they wanted to because they have a monopoly on the market. One other option is to cancel the government contract with Delta. That might wake them up! The cost for a government employee to drive to Montgomery or Atlanta may be more beneficial to the government if the employee is allowed to drive instead of fly out of Dothan.
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