Pangborn Awarded Fed Grant For San Francisco Flight Service

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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.

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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.


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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.