Pocatello Regional Airport Experiences Growth

 I.F. Airport Receives Grant to Enhance Services

By Journal Staff | Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 7:39 pm
      A recent increase in passenger traffic at the Pocatello Regional Airport could eventually help manager David Allen obtain additional air service. 
     Allen and his staff regularly compare air fares from Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Salt Lake city with 14 top destinations favored by Pocatello travelers. Allen says the differences make flying out of Pocatello an attractive choice.
    “Competitive fares have made this the best time ever to fly from Pocatello Regional Airport,” Allen said. “With competitive fares, savings in time and money, jet service and service improvements, flying from Pocatello is better than ever. Showing passenger growth with our existing service is always a prerequisite for seeking new or improved service, and we need to continue this trend.”
     Allen emphasizes his comparisons are not very scientific and that results vary.
    “Pocatello may not be the best choice every time, but it pays to check,” Allen said.
     There are also plans in place to enhance services at the Idaho Falls  Regional Airport.
    This week, it was announced that the airport was awarded a grant worth $500,000 from the Small Community Air Service Development Program. 
     The United States Department of Transportation program is designed to assist smaller communities with the implementation of their air service initiatives. 
     “The grant will assist in funding a revenue guarantee and marketing costs required by an airline to offer new non-stop air service from Idaho Falls to Minneapolis/St. Paul,” said Airport Director Craig Davis. “Having an east coast connection to a large hub airport such as MSP will provide multiple destination options for both business and leisure travelers to, and from, our community.”  
    Fifty-nine grant applications from thirty-three states were received with a collective total of $28 million in federal assistance requested. 
    Applicants included historical data regarding current air service and airfare issues, economic benefits of air service to the community and proposed initiatives to remedy air service issues.

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