- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Pikeville officials say Appalachian Air is set to take off from eastern Kentucky in mid-April even though some work may remain unfinished.

Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn told the News-Express (https://bit.ly/1pEl6xQ ) delays in dealing with the federal government have put the project slightly behind and forced local officials to decide begin flights without some of the proposed features of the service being in place

Blackburn says the proposed seamless baggage transfer between Appalachian Air and national air carriers at the Nashville International Airport will likely not be in place when the service begins flights.

Commercial air service consultant Luke Schmidt says the implementation of seamless baggage transfer with Appalachian Air has fallen victim to disagreements within the Federal Aviation Administration about certifications needed for the Pikeville airport.

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Information from: Appalachian News-Express, https://www.news-expressky.com

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