The Federal Government's "Small Community Air Service Development Program" has just released it's grant awards for this year, and it looks like Washington may have scored some possible new routes down the road. Nothing is confirmed yet, but at least it's a step in the right direction.Possible new route developments:- Alaska Airlines: Seattle to Tulsa, Oklahoma service.
"The funding will be used for a revenue guarantee and marketing for new nonstop service to Seattle, WA, using Alaska Airlines. The community states that its air service has suffered in recent years, resulting in its downgrading to a small hub airport. It states that there is a strong local demand for service to the Pacific Northwest, and that the service will provide attractive connections to points such as Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA."
- Grant reward: $750,000- United Airlines: Wenatchee to San Francisco, California service.
"The funding will be used for a revenue guarantee, marketing, and fee waivers for new non-stop service to San Francisco, CA, using SkyWest Airlines. The community states that its only current service is to Seattle, WA, and that the need to connect at Seattle limits Wenatchee’s growth potential. The community also states that it has an expanding tech sector, and that the proposed service will thus serve business interests as well as its traditional tourism market."
- Grant reward: $750,000
Source: https://cms.dot.gov/sites/dot.gov/files ... r-2017.pdf