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A new airline carrier could take to the skies out of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport by the end of March.

GeorgiaSkies currently provides nonstop flights to Atlanta, but the company wants to pull out of Macon.

Another carrier, Sun Air won a federal contract to fly out of central Georgia last year, but they backed out before starting.

The U.S. Department of Transportation told GeorgiaSkies it must stay until a replacement is found.

Airport manager Doug Faour says a new carrier could open up new destination options for central Georgians.

"We're also hopeful to get some good equipment, a larger type aircraft, and some name recognition," says Faour.

Four airlines put in bids for the job.

One of them is Silver Airways. They proposed two round-trip flights per day, one to Atlanta and the other to Orlando, Florida, on 34-seat passenger planes.

They're asking for just under $2 million in federal subsidy money for those services.

Another bidder, Sovereign Air, would provide 4 round-trip flights a day between Macon and Atlanta on either 15 or 19-seat planes for a price of around $1.5 million.

They also offered three round-trip flights for $1.2 million.

Sky King, an American Aviation Group company, asked for just over $1.5 million for six departures out of Macon.

They intend to expand their services to destinations like Kissimmee, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, Washington D.C. and Mississippi gulf coast areas, as well as Atlanta.

The fourth bidder is SeaPort Airlines. They proposed 12 and a half round-trips a week to Charlotte, North Carolina and six a week to Nashville, Tennessee but not to Atlanta. Their price was just under $2.5 million.

Faour says he and the city administration will discuss the options over the next week and make their recommendations to the Department of Transportation.

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