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S.C.’s airline incentives might grow

May 5, 2010 9:35:00 PM - thestate.com

State House leaders are talking about adding $10 million to incentives to help attract a low-cost airline or lower fares in Columbia, a Midlands business leader said Thursday.

The House already approved $15 million in incentives that reportedly would go to bringing low-cost giant Southwest Airlines to Greenville and Charleston.

The measure has stalled in the Senate after objections by Midlands lawmakers, who were unhappy that Columbia would have to compete with Southwest without any financial help.

Now, House leaders are trying to get some state money earmarked for Columbia, said Ike McLeese, president of the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.