New charter air service operating at Chico Airport

Feb 17, 2015 6:08 PM by Brian Johnson

A Red Bluff-based company known for helicopter service is dipping its toes in the charter air service.

PJ Air is a new branch of PJ Helicopters, and has the objective of providing scheduled private and business commuter flights from Chico to regional hubs and beyond.

Right now they're offering unscheduled flights to and from Chico.

They hope they can help fill in some of the gaps left by the end of commercial air service there.

"We saw a significant need for the area when SkyWest left in December of last year," PJ Air's Seth Gunsauls said. "And there was anywhere from 30 to 50,000 travelers annually coming in and out of Chico. I think any Californian would make an argument that economic development and growth is a great thing."

Chico City Manager Mark Orme says the city council will revisit the future of the airport, including a possible operator (AvPorts), by the end of the month.


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