NEW SHOREHAM (AP) — The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has reached an agreement to bring back a company that provided flight services at Block Island State Airport.
According to a Hummel Report story published in The Providence Journal, FlightLevel Aviation of Massachusetts will return to Block Island April 1 on a one-year contract.
The agreement announced Thursday comes after pilots at the airport complained that the cut in service compromised safety.
In one instance, two planes unable to reach the airport staff planned to come in on the same runway from opposite directions until another pilot intervened, according to Henry Dupont, a veteran pilot on Block Island who is leading efforts to restore service.
FlightLevel pulled out on Sept. 30 after RIAC, in a effort to cut costs, allowed the company to bid on providing service to the state's four other general aviation airports, including Westerly, and leave Block Island out. The reporter, Jim Hummel, said that FlightLevel would return on April 1 on a one-year deal while discussions continue.
Airport corporation spokesman William Fischer said the deal ws scheduled to go before the board Monday for final approval. He said that details would be released until the contract is approved.