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Emergency meeting set to consider 3 bids for commercial flights at Prescott Airport

The terminal at the Prescott Airport sits vacant following the suspension of service by Great Lakes Airlines on March 26. Its notice sits on the ticket desk. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

The terminal at the Prescott Airport sits vacant following the suspension of service by Great Lakes Airlines on March 26. Its notice sits on the ticket desk. (Cindy Barks/Courier)

An emergency meeting of the Prescott Airport Advisory Committee will take place this weekend for consideration of proposals from airlines hoping to step in to provide commercial flights at the airport.

The meeting is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at the airport administration conference room, 6546 Crystal Lane, Prescott.

Prescott Airport Director Robin Sobotta reported Friday afternoon that the city had opted to set an emergency meeting on Saturday in order to expedite getting commercial air service restored at the airport.

“The longer we wait to respond, the longer it will take to get service restored,” Sobotta said, noting that the committee would consider making a recommendation to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which makes the final decision on the federal Essential Air Service (EAS) subsidy contract.

Saturday’s meeting comes less than two weeks after Great Lakes Airlines – the city’s long-time sole commercial airline – suspended its flights between Prescott and Los Angeles and Denver, beginning March 26.

That set off a process between the city and the Department of Transportation for getting a replacement to fill in with the community’s EAS program.

The Department of Transportation released an expedited request for proposals (RPF) on March 27, and the deadline for proposals was April 3.

Three airlines – Boutique Air, based in San Francisco; Advanced Air, based in Hawthorne, California; and Mokulele Airlines based in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii – submitted bids. The three proposed a variety of options for aircraft, number of flights, subsidy amounts, and flight locations.

More information about the bids is available on the city’s website at: http://www.prescott-az.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CC-BCC-Group-AIRPORT-ADVISORY-COMMITTEE-Date-4-7-2018-3.pdf.

Watch dCourier.com and The Daily Courier for detailed coverage on the bids and EAS process.

Follow Cindy Barks on Twitter @Cindy_Barks. Reach her at 928-445-3333, ext. 2034, or cbarks@prescottaz.com.

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