Macon City Council member disappointed in lack of flight service
The one airplane assigned to Macon-Atlanta flights out of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport is reportedly out of service with unspecified maintenance issues.
Passengers have still been showing up to catch their flights offered by GeorgiaSkies, unaware there are no planes ready to take them to Atlanta. At least one passenger has reportedly had to make extensive complaints to Macon City Council members before the airline even thought about making a refund.
"It's very discouraging and it's disgusting," said Macon City Council Member Ed DeFore."I feel like the private enterprise that kind of runs it for the city of Macon, they should refund the entirety."
The airport was deserted Friday when WGXA arrived, except for TSA screeners, food vendors, and rental car workers. One worker for a rental car agency said one passenger had come to catch a flight Friday not knowing there were no flights.
"It's a waste of money, especially tax payer money when nobody is out there," DeFore said.
Instead of shutting down the operation, DeFore says he wants to ramp it up. He will be submitting a resolution to the Macon City Council next week, asking the state's Congressional Delegation to allocate money to extend the airport's runway.
"We can have a big volume of business, by flying these great big airplanes in with these heavy containers and everything, and it will build up businesses out there," DeFore said." We need to encourage more people in Macon and Middle Georgia, once we get an airline that we can trust, and know they're going to be on schedule, that they should come and go from Macon."