<h1>A roundtable meeting held Thursday, July 13, at the Visitors Center in Lewisburg, brought together two factions at odds over the Greenbrier County Airport Authority\u2019s (GCAA) June 22 decision to rebid the Essential Air Service (EAS) contract.<\/h1>\r\nAt issue was ViaAir\u2019s record of\u00a0 unreliability and questionable safety, the position held by the GCAA and the Greenbrier County Commission, while concerns for disruptions to tourist travel, essential to the local economy, was the focus of the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Bureau (CVB), the The Greenbrier Chamber of Commerce and Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester.\r\n\r\nThe Greenbrier resort was also represented in the meeting by Greg Furlong, vice president of sales and event services, who was influential in moving the dial toward the GCAA\u2019s position by urging to rebid the contract. \u201cVia has not fulfilled their promises,\u201d he said. \u201cWe\u2019re ready to move forward.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have a way to go forward, but we need the support of the community,\u201d said GCAA president Lowell Johnson, addressing the CVB. \u201cWithout your support, a rebid of the contract creates doubt for the Department of Transportation (DOT), which delays any rebid action.\r\n\r\nJohnson said Via took on too much and over-extended itself. \u201cIt\u2019s going to cost them,\u201d he said, \u201cand may even end their business.\u201d\r\n\r\nFurlong asked that the Greenbrier have a voice in selecting the hub airports to fly to. \u201cPlain and simple,\u201d he said, \u201cGreenbrier Valley Airport (GVA) is a deficit unless the right airports are secured.\u201d\r\n\r\nSharon Rowe, who is on the board of both the CVB and the Chamber of Commerce, said, \u201cIt is incumbent on the community, because tourism is the number one driver of the area economy, that the Greenbrier have a voice in this discussion.\u201d The gathering agreed to form an advisory group of community leaders to report to the GCAA.\r\n\r\nThose parties most worried at the loss of tourist business voiced concerns that Via\u2019s service might worsen after the rebid process begins. Commissioner Mike McClung then brought up ongoing safety issues surrounding ViaAir, a far more concerning issue not previously shared with the public. Lawsuits have already been filed against ViaAir in other states, GVA manager Stephen Snyder said.\r\n\r\nManchester took a middle ground approach and suggested waiting one month before requesting a rebid from DOT to allow Via one last chance to make good on their promise for a ticket and baggage claim contract with American Airlines. Commissioner Woody Hanna said the gathering needs to digest the information discussed, and if the CVB and Manchester are agreed to the rebid process, he asked that they submit in writing indicating their formal position for the action.