EAST WENATCHEE, WA.-Pangborn Memorial Airport is one step closer to offering daily non-stop flights to San Francisco after receiving a 750-thousand dollar grant from the Federal Government Friday afternoon. That money will be combined with over 400-thousand dollars in locally raised funds to help entice a commercial airline to bring the service to the Wenatchee area. The Port District’s Director of business development, Craig Larsen says that’s the next step . . .
The community contributions are combined with a Federal Grant into a pool of funds from which the airline can draw if—and only if—revenue does not cover expenses during the first two years. If service is successful, remaining community funding will be returned to community investors at the end of the two year period.
Larsen says the Airport has been experiencing an increase in the number of commercial passenger boardings as Horizon Air increased its daily summer schedule to four daily flights to SeaTac Airport.