Applications are in. Here is the first batch.
Requesting $750,000 to offer fee waivers along with revenue guarantee to recruit network carrier to link to major hub in SF Bay or LA basin.
Seems odd to choose CA as opposed to SEA on AS where they have the benefit from stronger local demand. Although Salem also is only an hour or so to both PDX and EUG.
San Luis Obispo, California
Asks $750,000 grant funding to establish revenue guarantee and fee waivers for air service link to PDX by Alaska Air Group.
Would put pretty good bets on this getting approved even though SBP hasn't been struggling.
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Applies for $750,000 grant to offer start up cost offset, fee waivers and revenue guarantees help recruit air service to major southern hub at DFW on AA regional partner.
They probably would have been better off soliciting for PHX over DFW as the request for service to DFW will get buried amongst all the other requests for service in the midwest.
Bullhead City, Arizona
Desires $750,000 grant funding for marketing support, revenue guarantees and fee waivers to secure service to DEN by United regional partner.
If at first you don't succeed, keep trying? PHX service was abysmal and never carried more than 30 passengers even with super low fares.
St. George, Utah
Request $370,000 to offer revenue guarantees, fee waivers and marketing support for year-round daily service to LAX by Skywest
Does OO really need funding for these routes? They've upped PHX to 4-5x daily just before the airport closed, added DFW once the airport re-opens and already ran LAX service.
Pursuing a $750,000 grant to offer revenue guarantees, fee waiver and marketing support to establish service to an eastward hub such as DEN.
Seems higher on the cost side given that BLI already captures part of the Canadian price-sensitive shopper so as soon as DEN is added they would likely know about it in their searches.
El Paso, Texas
Applies for $750,000 in grant funds to provide a revenue guarantee for proposed E175 service by United to its Washington IAD hub.
Given UA is willing to fly this, I'm sure it'll be approved but I'm not sure it can last once the subsidy is out.
Applies for $775,000 grant to provide revenue guarantee, marketing support and fee waivers on service to DEN by United Express.
Not sure there is enough room for the current levels of service plus DEN. If they add DEN I suspect they will lose a DFW turn if DEN does well.
Desires $780,000 in federal grant to offer revenue guarantees, marketing support and fee waivers to support new service to DEN by United affiliate regional carrier.
Good add here and even if DEN doesn't end up working out, SLC or PHX could also be options as majority of traffic is UW based and what isn't from the PacNW can really be handled from any Mountain West hub.