- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - The federal government has given Roswell a $450,000 grant to begin nonstop air travel from Roswell Industrial Air Center Airport to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

The grant announced Thursday was funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program.

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says adding air travel service between Roswell and Phoenix will help make travel more convenient for state residents and visitors and help create jobs and spur economic development throughout southeastern New Mexico.

As of July, 78 percent of Roswell-area travelers drove to other airports for their flights, which increased the time and cost of travel from the area.

Passengers flying to the West Coast from Roswell currently must fly 400 miles east to the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport before heading west.

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