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Three Arkansas airports await approval of new contracts

Three Arkansas airports that left in the lurch after the September bankruptcy of SeaPort Airlines have recommended that the Department of Transportation award new contracts to Contour Airlines of Smyrna, Tennessee, and Boutique Air of San Francisco, California.

If their recommendations are approved, Contour will provide federally subsidized Essential Air Service (EAS) to the South Arkansas Regional Airport in El Dorado and Boone County Regional Airport in Harrison, while city-owned Hot Springs Memorial Field airport will receive EAS service from Boutique.

Tim Johnson, manager of the El Dorado airport, said Contour plans to fly a twin-engine turboprop Jetstream 31 on two round trips to Dallas and one round trip to Nashville every day.

At the Harrison airport, Contour will offer two round trips to Dallas and one round trip to Memphis every day, according to Manager Judy McCutcheon.

Director of Hot Springs Airport Glen Barentine said Boutique plans to fly a King Air 350 for two round trips to Dallas and one round trip to Atlanta every day from the Hot Springs airport.

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