Tuesday, September 20, 2016

San Luis Valley airport fights to keep subsidy

ALAMOSA— Gov. John Hickenlooper and congressional leaders are joining the San Luis Valley Regional Airport and Alamosa County in requesting a waiver from a federal order that would end the airport’s commercial flight subsidy.

The request, posted to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulatory website late Friday, argued in part that poor service by the current airline led the airport to run afoul of federal law that limits subsidy per passenger to $200.

In 2015, Great Lakes Airlines canceled 16 percent of its flights between Alamosa and Denver.

“This high percentage of cancellations resulted in the community being reluctant to continue scheduling flights in fear that they would not make their connection at Denver International Airport, thus reducing the overall enplanements to such a point that the subsidy cap was slightly exceeded,” the petition said.

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