The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is poised to become the dominant commercial passenger flight hub in the region.
The airport has three daily round-trip Seattle flights and is getting closer to expanding service to Boise and Denver.
“When we pursue a service opportunity, we’re trying to pursue something that our region doesn’t already have,” said Tony Bean, the Pullman airport’s executive director.
“Everything boils down to (this): Are we increasing somebody’s quality of life?” he said.
The efforts at the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport to build on its Skywest Salt Lake City flights are at an earlier stage.
“We now have a wonderful relationship with our current carrier … and with the help of (an air service consultant), we are producing the kind of high-level data and having conversations with different carriers that (are) going to lead to additional air service,” said Lewiston airport authority board Chairman Gary Peters in an email.
The momentum at the Pullman airport accelerated last month when the Idaho State Board of Education gave the green light to a proposal from the University of Idaho to support flights between the Palouse and Boise as early as August.
Alaska Airlines is expected to make a decision on the deal any day that would provide the carrier as much as $500,000 a year from UI for three years if it starts flying between…