Commissioners vote 3 to 2 to approve AirTran subsidy

Sedgwick County commissioners voted 3-2 this morning to approve a subsidy for AirTran to continue low-cost air service out of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport.

Commissioners Karl Peterjohn and Richard Ranzau voted against the subsidy, saying it is not government’s job to support private business and guarantee revenue.

The agreement calls for $6.5 million of revenue guarantee, most of which is coming from the state. The city and county are kicking in $1.75 million, or $875,000 each.