Since 2010, the Somerset – Pulaski County Development Foundation has been leading a community effort to restore scheduled commercial airline service at the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport (SME) in Somerset. L.B. Schmidt & Associates, LLC was retained for this purpose.
SME is a modern airport which serves a large part of Southern Kentucky, with a total catchment area population of 413,000 people in 16 counties. SME has a 5,800 foot long runway and a full Instrument Landing System (ILS).
Since starting on this project, Luke Schmidt has worked closely with SPCDF’s Executive Director and various community leaders. Project accomplishments to date include:
- Developed new market profile
- Scheduled/conducted meetings with several potential airlines
- Conducted two market surveys of business and industry leaders in the Somerset, London and Corbin areas
- Developed USDOT Small Community Air Service Development grant proposal (2013)
This ongoing project has the potential to substantially impact future economic development efforts in the Somerset region and assist in creating new jobs.