Push continues for commercial air service in Logan

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — After years of setbacks, officials at Logan-Cache Airport still hope to get commercial air service back to the Cache Valley. Rich Stehmeier, director of the airport, said it’s been difficult during the recession to try to persuade airlines to start a Logan route. But he plans to continue pitching the idea, hoping an airline agrees that the area is a ripe opportunity for regional service. “With the current economy, has it been really tough? You betcha,” Stehmeier said. The airport, which is about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City, thought it was on the verge of a deal with Frontier Airlines for a Logan-Denver route, but it fell through when Frontier went into bankruptcy protection. Stehmeier said there are a few potential carriers out there that could add a regional route to and from Logan. He hopes to have an airline in Logan within five years. Fred Davis, president of Irvine, Calif.-based Tri-Star Marketing, a consulting firm that helps small airports land regional passenger carriers, has been working to bring an airline to Logan for eight years. With about 200,000 people living in the airport’s market – northeastern Utah, southern Idaho and southwestern Wyoming – Davis said the area is big enough to attract and support a carrier. “Everyone says we’re on their dance card,” Davis said. Stehmeier said the airport will pursue a federal grant next year earmarked for small airports trying to attract regional carriers through marketing an incentives. Davis said the airport has done about all it can to attract airlines but will continue to be persistent. “It’s just one of those things. You have to have the right airport and the right airline at the right time,” he said.

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