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Talks on Returning Commercial Air Service Continues

Chico, Calif.--Progress is being made on the possibility of commercial air service returning to Chico, which wouldn't just be convenient for travelers in this area, but it would also come with significant financial benefits.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 11:07 PM

Chico, Calif.--Progress is being made on the possibility of commercial air service returning to Chico, which wouldn't just be convenient for travelers in this area, but it would also come with significant financial benefits.

The organization Jet Chico has been leading this effort and they've been in contact with multiple airliners.

They are working on incentive packages to present to the airliners which include waiving airport landing fees, community marketing, and more.

Greg Sanger with Jet Chico said the city is missing out on $850,000 as part of the airport improvement program because it doesn't offer commercial air service.

They are also missing out on the passenger facility fund, which is a fee applied by airports to each passenger that departs from their location.

"If we, meaning the Chico airport, could capture just 20% of the people that are traveling from the Chico area using air travel, that we would be able to fill two, 70-passenger jets a day," said Sanger.

Sanger said that 70 Chico businesses have already signed letters of support for bringing this service back to Chico.

No official decision has been made, but Jet Chico is working on getting the city's support so they can move forward with those incentive packages.

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