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Naples Municipal Airport Surveys Locals About Commercial Flights

Topher Forhecz/WGCU

Naples Municipal Airport may bring back scheduled commercial airline services. That means consistent flights from an airline. Officials asked for the public’s opinion through a recent survey.

The survey results said 78 percent of respondents would like to see scheduled flights out of Naples airport.

The survey randomly selected 800 local residents.

Sheila Dugan is the Deputy Executive Director of the Naples Airport Authority. She said the results give the airport authority confidence that the community wants this kind of service.

“We asked about flights and we’ve got an 85 percent positive response that if we would give flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami or Orlando they all thought that was a good idea,” she said.

Delta stopped offering this type of service in 2006. Dugan said the airport has only had some short-term scheduled flights since.

Dugan said the next steps include having the community give a positive response and finding an airline. An ideal time for an airline to start these services at the airport would be around Thanksgiving 2016.

Topher is a reporter at WGCU News.