BLUEFIELD — Optimism was still soaring among area officials Tuesday following an emergency meeting in Charleston aimed at restoring commercial air-service at the Mercer County Airport.

“I’ve just been around today, and people have made remarks, and they seem very happy that we’ve had this meeting, and think some good could come out of this,” County Commis-sion President Joe Coburn said.

Coburn said local officials are hoping to hear some good news back from Gov. Joe Manchin soon. During Monday’s emergency meeting at Yeager Airport in Charleston, Manchin instructed Susan Chernenko, director of the state Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Commission, to begin immediate discussions with new commercial air carriers, charter air-service providers and companies providing air-taxi services, who may be willing to extend their service to Mercer County.

“We are just going to wait and see what happens in the next few days,” Coburn said.

Marc Meachum, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, said people were still talking about the meeting Tuesday.

“We of course had some conversation about it at (Bluefield) Rotary today,” Meachum said. “People are very interested in what we found out, and everyone is interested in exploring the opportunities that may be out there for us.”

Meachum said the chamber is hoping that some air-service carriers, chartered air-service providers or air-taxi services will contact the chamber as well.

The options discussed at Monday’s meeting included a possible return to fixed-scheduled commercial flights. However, such a move would require a restoration of a federal Essential Air Service subsidy lost by Mercer County. The other options proposed for the Mercer County Airport include business or chartered flights that could assist with area business and economic development initiatives for the region, and on-demand public charters that would satisfy group needs through a proposed air-taxi service.

Those who attended Monday’s meeting in Charleston included members of the Mercer County Commission, members of the Mercer County Airport Authority, and various other local, state and federal officials.

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