Chelan County Port District joins campaign for direct flight to San Fran


Chelan County Port District is now a financial partner in the campaign to add a non-stop flight from Pangborn Airport to the San Francisco Bay area.

At their meeting last week, Port Commissioners approved a $50,000 Port contribution to the Air Service Investment Program. The Port’s Business Development Director, Craig Larsen says that brings them even closer to their $400,000 goal.

“We’re $50,000 and some change away [from our goal] very excited about the response, we have pledges from 5 counties across North Central Washington and a couple pledges from central California who would like to see the direct service to support what they do as well,” Larsen said. “We’re very happy with it, we’re looking for a few more pledges but we’re confident we’ll get there.”

Larsen said staff at the Alaska Airlines headquarters are aware of the effort but formal talks won’t begin until all funding is in place.

The Investment Program shares the financial risk with the airline and shows the region will use the new service. An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period.

The community funds will be used as match for a Federal Grant worth $750,000 to share the risk with the airline. The grant deadline has been extended, so the fundraising continues. For more information on Destination San Francisco Bay Area, contact Craig Larsen at 509-663-5159.