- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga Airport officials say they’ll continue trying to recruit airlines for nonstop service between Chattanooga and New York and Houston after being rejected for a $750,000 federal grant.

Airport President Terry Hart told The Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/1yf2pXq ) he’ll meet with United Airlines in the coming weeks. Hart’s pitch includes pledges of $112,500 from local businesses which want the flights.

Airport Authority Chairman Dan Jacobson said Chattanooga can make a compelling case to United, which doesn’t directly serve the market now.

Chattanooga Airport officials have said New York is the most flown-to destination from Lovell Field to which the city doesn’t have non-stops.

Airport officials had planned to use the $750,000 U.S. Department of Transportation grant to market potential new flights.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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