The Jefferson County Commissioners Court approved a $250,000 contribution from the county to a “minimum revenue guarantee” (MRG) to American Airlines for a new American Eagle route between Jack Brooks Regional Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
According to County Judge Jeff Branick, as owner of the airport, Jefferson County needs to do its part to see that the project moves forward in order to bring new revenue locally. “This is part of our commitment. … We need to kick this off,” he said at the Commissioners Court on Monday, Sept. 10.
“I’m with that,” agreed Commissioner Alfred “Bo” Everett. “We need to take leadership.” Everett continued by suggesting that he and his fellow commissioners fly the route when traveling in order to encourage the community to take advantage of the service.
Branick said if American Airlines is guaranteed $1.5 to $2 million over the next two years, consumers cold expect three to four flights a day between Beaumont and DFW. Branick said passengers taking off from Jack Brooks Regional Airport would only pay around $25 more for a ticket than those taking off from George Bush International Airport in Houston.