Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport (BTR), September 27, 2011—The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport was awarded a $340,000 Department of Transportation (DOT) grant through the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP).
The Baton Rouge Metro Airport (BTR) is a first-time grantee for SCASDP funding, said Jim Caldwell, the airport's Air Service Development, Marketing, and Public Relations Manager. The funds can be used as a revenue guarantee for the first airline providing nonstop service to one of the three Washington, DC area airports. The funds can cover landing fees, advertising expenses, and other costs associated with launching a nonstop Washington route. Combined with $68,000 in local matching funds, a total of $408,000 will be available as an incentive for an airline willing to start the service.
Caldwell, who prepared and submitted the grant application, said Washington, DC is the top metro market destination from Baton Rouge that does not currently have nonstop service. Dallas/Fort Worth and Atlanta are currently the top two origin & destination (O&D) markets for BTR, but those routes have nonstop flights with American Eagle and Delta Air Lines respectively.
Potential airlines that could provide the service include US Airways to Washington-Reagan Airport or United/Continental to Washington-Dulles Airport.
The grant award letter from the U.S. Department of Transportation said that Baton Rouge was one of nineteen cities around the country awarded a grant under the program.