COLUMBIA, Mo. — A federal grant is allowing the proposal of a new nonstop destination for flyers lifting off from Columbia Regional Airport.

According to a Facebook post, The U.S. Department of Transportation Small Community Air Service Development Program awarded an $800,000 grant to both the city of Columbia and Columbia Regional Airport.

“Great partnerships result in great opportunities. Our strong relationship with our community partners is reflected in this grant award,” Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said. “Expanded air service to Charlotte means enhanced connections throughout the eastern U.S. which brings new and exciting economic and travel opportunities to mid Missouri.”

This grant provides a revenue guarantee and marketing support for proposed flight destination.