Airlines will continue to receive federal subsidies to serve the Jonesboro airport. Congressman Marion Berry`s office said today that the US Department of Transportation had agreed to continue the funding after tentatively canceling the per-passenger subsidies for Mesa Airlines. The Phoenix-based airline had been able to fly to Jonesboro because of the federal aid. Berry spokesman Andrew Nannis said transportation officials changed their minds when Berry, other members of the Arkansas congressional delegation, Mesa Airlines and Jonesboro airport leaders pressed them. Last year, the federal government paid nearly $900,000 dollars for airline service in Jonesboro at a subsidy rate of 221 dollars per passenger.