Federal grant money will help start up long sought air service between Bloomington Normal and either New York or Washington D.C. Senator Dick Durbin notes the Central Illinois Regional Airport will get a half million dollars in transportation department Small Community Air Service Development money. Durbin says Bloomington-Normal has a large business and education base and there is currently no nonstop service to any city in the northeast, so the proposed service would materially benefit the traveling public. Another three quarters of a million dollars in similar funding will go to airports in Springfield and Champaign-Urbana to build service. Springfield is targeting service to Myrtle Beach, Florida, Las Vegas and or Phoenix. Champaign-Urbana hopes to start flights to Dulles in Washington. Calls to Central Illinois Regional Airport officials were not immediately returned.
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