Can Willard replace discontinued flights?

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SAVOY, Ill. (WCIA) — A month after United Airlines announced it was stopping service to Willard Airport, officials say they’re working to recruit new flights to the area.

Earlier this month, it added an American Airline flight to Charleston.

Willard Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey says they’re working on plans to attract new airlines; specifically low-cost airlines like Allegiant and Frontier.

Cossey says staff has been putting together incentive packages to show airlines why Savoy would be a great place to add flights. A lot of it has to do with demonstrating interest and support for the community.

United flights out of Willard are set to end in September. Allegiant had flights from Willard to Las Vegas for about three months in 2007. When the airline left, Allegiant’s president said it had to do with rising fuel costs.

American Airlines flights to Charlotte should start in December.

In September, US Customs and Border Protection is hosing a global entry enrollment event at Willard. It helps register travelers for TSA pre-checks.

Participation will also help international travelers get into the country faster when they fly. Those interested should register as soon as possible.

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