OWENSBORO, Ky. - Hawaii-based Pacific Wings Airlines will begin low-cost flights out of Owensboro to Nashville, Tenn., later this summer.
The regional carrier, which is new to Kentucky, expects to begin flying out of Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport around Aug. 1, its chief executive officer, Greg Kahlstorf, said.
''Our goal is to begin service within 30 to 45 days,'' he said. ''We've already started the process in Nashville.''
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently approved an annual subsidy of $1.07 million for the airline's flights from Owensboro to Nashville for each of the next two years.
Pacific Wings plans three flights most days, with one on Saturday and two on Sunday in a nine-seat Cessna Caravan. If more than nine seats are sold on any flight, the airline says, it would send a second plane to Owensboro.
Kahlstorf said the Nashville flights are expected to cost $39. The Nashville flight includes the option of a continuing trip to Atlanta.
Pacific Wings, which started as Air Nevada in 1974, now serves communities in Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas and Georgia with more than 100 scheduled daily flights to 21 cities.