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The U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that the Magic Valley Regional Airport is one of 18 airports to receive a portion of the U.S. $12.2 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program.
The Magic Valley Airport, Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, and several business partners in the community worked together to apply for the funds, which will be used to expand commercial air service in Twin Falls – including the addition of a new carrier and service to the Denver International Airport.
“The announcement of the grant award is the first step in developing expanded air service,” said Bill Carberry, Magic Valley Regional Airport Manager. “We’ll be working closely with SkyWest on a potential schedule to launch the United Express flights and creating a robust communication plan to promote the service.”
“The Chamber and its members are excited about the grant award and what it means to expanding commercial air service in Twin Falls,” said Shawn Barigar, President and CEO of the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. “The additional service from United Express through a new market of Denver will serve a broader range of business travelers more conveniently and economically. We’re looking forward to partnering with the airline, the airport, and our business community to ensure long-term success of the service.”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said the U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $12.2 million to help 18 communities develop local air service needs. The Department received 57 applications from 30 states.
“This federal support to airports across the country will help to keep our nation’s airports in good shape and make air travel a better experience for passengers,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
Grants are used to provide financial incentives to carriers, conduct studies on the possibilities of expanded service, and carry out marketing programs to promote existing local service, as well as address other challenges small communities and their airports may experience. Magic Valley Regional Airport and the other selected communities are contributing financial resources to supplement the federal support, reflecting a commitment that is important to the potential success of the proposed initiatives.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama ($750,000); Yuma, Arizona ($775,000); Chico, California ($500,000); Grand Junction, Colorado ($950,000); Athens, Georgia ($750,000); Dubuque, Iowa ($775,000); Twin Falls, Idaho ($900,000); Lake Charles, Louisiana ($200,000); Rochester, Minnesota ($750,000); Columbia, Missouri ($800,000); Greenville, North Carolina ($750,000); Atlantic City, New Jersey ($400,000); Roswell, New Mexico ($750,000); North Bend, Oregon ($750,000); Erie, Pennsylvania ($292,000); Abilene, Texas ($1,000,000); St. George, Utah ($370,000); and Pullman, Washington ($780,000).