here you go. from www.businessreport.com
TODAY’S HEADLINES / January 9, 2007
Metro Council to vote on incentive package for Denver flights
The Metro Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a $1 million incentive package aimed at luring an airline to offer flights from Baton Rouge Metro Airport to Denver. Ronnie Pickard, airport spokesman, says Denver is one of the better hubs because so many airlines fly into the city and it offers a chance for connecting flights farther west and outside the United States. "That's our biggest void of service," Pickard says. By offering $1 million, Metro Airport will be able to help an airline offset the start-up costs of establishing service. Getting funding from the community to subsidize air service is a trend in the industry, Pickard says. Earlier this year Anthony Marino, director of aviation, said Metro Airport was $1 million away from bringing in a discount air carrier. Pickard says the Denver incentive would be open to the first airline willing to establish service from Baton Rouge to the Rockies, discount carrier or not.
In other airport news, Mayor-President Kip Holden held a press conference this morning to speak on behalf of Delta Air Lines, which has a significant presence at the local airport. Delta is fighting a hostile takeover bid from US Airways. The airline is lining up leaders in various communities to speak out against the US Airways deal, Pickard says.