Gainesville Regional Airport serves the city of Gainesville (pop. 100,000) with a further 800,000 within 50 miles of the airport in the surrounding counties.
There are 2 runways, Rwy 10-28 (7503x150ft), and Rwy 6-24 (4147x100ft). 1 terminal to service 2 scheduled airlines, Delta Connection/ASA and US Airways Express/Piedmont Airways with flights only to Atlanta and Charlotte respectively.
Operations (in 1999):
Air Carrier: 1662
Total: 81,710 flights
Continental service direct to NY/NJ from Gainesville is seen as a must by the University of Florida (47,000 undergrads) and the City and is the most travelled to destination from here. UF alone generates over $300,000 in business from flights and they people they bring that originate in New York.
The $650,000 raised so far is going to go into a ticket trust fund to show Continental how commited the people of Gainesville are, and will fund travel vouchers on the new route. Continental representatives will be coming next month to evaluate the airport here and see what changes have to be made.