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UPDATE: Taxpayer-funded subsidy could keep Macon-to-Atlanta flights alive

Because Macon is affected by federal essential air service regulations, flight service from Macon to Atlanta may not be completely discontinued as of October 1.

Delta Air Lines' connecting service, ASA, has announced that it will stop its service on that date, but because of the regulations the Department of Transportation is expected to solicit bids to continue the service.

The DOT also has the power to force ASA and Delta to offer some service, albeit with a taxpayer-funded subsidy to help support operations, according to Delta Spokesman Kent Landers.

That service would likely be less than the three daily roundtrip flights now offered, Landers said.

The Telegraph has contacted the DOT for more information on this issue.

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