Air Azul, a Metro III operator, plans to start non-stop flights on Saturday 27 December linking the south eastern Kentucky community of Somerset with Nashville.
The carrier, funded by a $1-million federal Small Community Air Service grant, initially plans four weekly roundtrips from the Somerset/Lake Cumberland Regional Airport.
"We hope to be up to 14 weekly roundtrips by spring," explains a carrier spokesman. Air Azul is based in Florida, and is using the certificate of Locair.
Air Azul still needs FAA approval for its operations, but the carrier's spokesman says the start-up date is on track.
The Somerset airport has built a new 13,000sq ft terminal, and also has an upgraded Instrument Landing System, both funded largely through grants sponsored by the local congressman, US Representative Hal Rogers.