Published on : Friday, October 20, 2017
Crescent City, the county seat of and the incorporated city in Del Norte County, California will have the new airport to serve Curry and Del Norte county residents after rejecting the proposals by Boutique Air and Great Lake Airlines.
Contour Airlines, formerly known as the Corporate Flight Management, is a charter flight company, will fly to Oakland Airport, which offers the best connectivity and lowest fares for the business tourism.
The Airport Director Matthew Leitner said the Crescent City Airport had contracted with Voltaire Aviation Consulting to evaluate the three proposals and submit an overview. The report noted the benefits and drawbacks of each airline’s proposal.
Contour Airlines offered the short charter flights to Oakland, while Great Lakes offered flights to Sacramento, and Boutique offered flights to Portland and Oakland on a single engine, nine-seat turboprop plane.
Leitner said that, after consideration, Crescent City airport staff recommended Contour Airlines, not for its jet airplane, but because it would provide the best service to Crescent City.
With service to Oakland, the number of passengers would likely return to what was seen when the airport used Skywest Airlines. The report called Sacramento a poor connecting hub, with less than half the connecting flights of Portland. The higher fares were also cited for which the Crescent City will losing its offerings to the business officials.
The staff reports said Contour Airlines was also recommended for its competitive pricing of $75 to Oakland, a public desire to travel to the Bay Area, an airplane suited for high passenger volume (30 seats) and better service to people with limited mobility. It also noted that the size of the plane will allow the airport to retain its status as a 139 Class 1 airport with dedicated airport rescue and firefighting services, versus downgrading to a lower classification.
The airport program manager Susan Daugherty said the approval of Contour’s Alternate Essential Air Service would mean the board has to reject the two EAS proposals, apply for a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and enter into a contract directly with Contour Airlines.
The airport program manager said that the time is of the essence when it comes to submitting the grant application.
She later added that the letters of support from the board, Crescent City supervisors, Crescent City council, and the community will also be considered by the Department of Transportation and will give the application a better chance of approval.