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County commissioners approve revenue guarantee for AirTran

Sedgwick County commissioners this morning voted 4 to 1 to provide a revenue guarantee — or subsidy — to AirTran Airways for a year.

The $6.5 million subsidy will be paid primarily by a grant from the state of almost $4.9 million. The county and City of Wichita will split local funding of $1.6 million.

AirTran has been flying out of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport since 2002.

Commissioners briefly considered putting off their vote for a week or two as talks continue with low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines.