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Airport working to restore Portland flights

The Southwest Oregon Regional Airport is awaiting word on a grant submitted to the Small Community Air Service Development Program in December.  The grant would provide financial support over a three-year period for a new route to Portland. $10 million in funding is available nationwide. Awards will be announced this quarter.  Letters off support were received from local governments, businesses, and non-profits. Meanwhile, the Board of Directors continues to meet to ensure long-term solutions to the Portland flights.  In January the board met with Jack Penning of Volaire Aviation to discuss funding models from other states and municipalities that have been successful in maintaining and growing Commercial Flights. Staff has also met with representatives from Skywest, United, Alaska, Southern and SkyValue airlines to discuss future schedules, available aircraft, and pilot availability.