Friday, August 01, 2014

Letter: Hiring airport manager won't increase passengers - Chico, California

Letters to the Editor
Chico Enterprise-Record

As I understand it the city of Chico is considering hiring a manager or contractor to "manage" our airport with hopes of United Airlines not leaving Chico like they did with Modesto, Klamath Falls, Southwest Oregon Regional Airport and Santa Rosa.

Speaking as a frequent flyer who in the past used to fly out of Chico the main reason some of us haven't been using the Chico airport (between 2010 and 2012 we saw 4,000 less passengers) is because we've been burned one too many times. After a few times I began to see flying to/from Chico as "gambling" as I had experienced cancelled at the last minute flights or long delays.

I can't see how hiring a manager for our airport will help to get us frequent fliers to fly out of Chico once again as dependability of the carrier isn't something a manager has any control over. To me, what we need isn't a manager and instead we need a new carrier and one who preferably flies to/from Los Angeles. If our city leaders insist on hiring an airport manager at least let's do it on a month-to-month basis and not with a contract where when United Airlines leaves us high and dry we won't have added expenses to our airport.

— Vic Makau, Chico

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