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Some of the earliest recipients of Paycheck Protection Program dollars are nearing the end of their eight weeks worth of federal aid meant as a lifeline through widespread business closures caused by the novel coronavirus. And small businesses are anxiously waiting to see if demand for their products returns before that money runs out.

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Columbia Metropolitan Airport, the smallest by passenger volume among the state's four largest terminals, registered 1.35 million ticket holders in 2019, a 13 percent increase over the previous year and the best showing since 2005's record 1.46 million.

Members of the commission that oversees the Columbia Metropolitan Airport don't just get trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas and other junket sites, the best seats and liquor-stocked hospitality suites as local sporting events, $35 and mileage every time they represent CAE and unlimited airport parking. They also can't be fired unless they break the law. So it's no surprise that ticket prices are high and the airport can't attract airlines or customers. 

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Members of the commission that oversees the Columbia Metropolitan Airport don't just get trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas and other junket sites, the best seats and liquor-stocked hospitality suites as local sporting events, $35 and mileage every time they represent CAE and unlimited airport parking. They also can't be fired unless they break the law. So it's no surprise that ticket prices are high and the airport can't attract airlines or customers.