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Appalachian Air Closer to Takeoff

L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC

A consultant says Appalachian Air has cleared another hurdle and can start working toward flying in and out of Pikeville.

Adviser Luke Schmidt told the Pikeville City Commission this week that the Pikeville-Pike County Airport won't need a certification from the federal government before allowing the airline to start flying.

The Appalachian News-Express reported  that the Transportation Security Administration still must approve the airport's plan and security measures.

Schmidt says until that approval comes through, there's no way to know when Appalachian Air can start flying. Schmidt says he hopes for TSA approval within a month.

The airline had been scheduled to make its first flight on April 14.

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