KOB Web Staff
Updated: September 04, 2020 06:16 PM
Created: September 04, 2020 04:50 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Just weeks after American Airlines decided to ditch service to Roswell, the company appears to be reversing course.
"American had decided not to interrupt the air services to Roswell for the month of October," said Roswell Mayor Dennis Kintigh.
Roswell was among 15 cities listed for air service cancellation.
"We had a conference call with American Airlines on the 26th of August, that morning," Kintigh said. "And we discussed the idea of an agreement to help financially support air service into and out of Roswell."
Kintigh said they haven't reached an agreement with American Airlines just yet, but they are able to get those flights off the ground for now.
"We moved quickly on this one. It was interesting. I got the phone call on Wednesday evening and within one week, we had dealt with it, started a deal and got confirmed that we, we're the ones who got reprieved," the mayor said.
Despite the impacts of COVID, Kintigh believes the flights are an economic boost for the city that they cannot afford to lose.
"It would've been a huge deal. The impact on local people would've been major. This has become a hub, and the travel that was coming in and out of Roswell at this time was not pleasure travel, there are no fun trips here, this is all business," Kintigh said.
While flights are temporarily available until October, the city hopes to reach an official agreement with American before the end of the year.
"We're comfortable. I'm comfortable that we can accomplish what we need to maintain air service to Roswell," Kintigh said. "It doesn't mean it's going to be easy or cheap, but it's doable."
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