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Congressman LaMalfa announces $500,000 grant to help Chico regain commercial air service

Congressman Doug LaMalfa has helped secure $500,000 for Chico from the Small Community Air Service Development Program that will allow for Chico Municipal Airport to partner with an airline to create a route to LAX.

Posted: Feb 19, 2020 2:40 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2020 2:45 PM

CHICO, Calif. – Congressman Doug LaMalfa has helped secure $500,000 for Chico from the Small Community Air Service Development Program that will allow for Chico Municipal Airport to partner with an airline to create a route to LAX.

LaMalfa told Action News Now the FAA gave Chico a grant back in 2006 for the same thing but the city couldn't match the funds. 

In 2018, LaMalfa sponsored an amendment to the FAA reauthorization removing a longstanding prohibition that kept Chico Airport from receiving commercial air grants.

RELATED: City of Chico fighting to bring back commercial flights

The work was part of a year’s long effort with Jet Chico to return commercial air service to the Chico Municipal Airport.

Read LaMalfa's full statement below:

“Today’s grant announcement is great news for our region and will help provide the backing needed to return commercial air service to Chico. For many years major companies have looked to expand into Butte County due to our great atmosphere, quality university educated students, and relative affordability. One major hurdle has held them back – a lack of commercial air service. A change in the 2018 FAA reauthorization in the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee was required to make Chico eligible for the grant. It’s been years in the making and I’m happy to have helped make this a reality. With a direct route through LAX, anyone in the world have direct connectivity to our area and see how much opportunity there is for prosperity and growth.”

LaMalfa spoke with Action News Now in an exclusive interview on Wednesday morning. You can view it in the video player below.

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