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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said Wednesday a key House committee has OK
'd a measure that could help bring commercial air service back to Klamath Falls.
Walden, a Hood River Republican, said the Treating Small Airports with Fairness Act will go to a full House vote after earning unanimous approval from the House Homeland Security Committee.
Rep. Greg Walden said the measure would benefit Southern Oregon commercial flyers.
Walden is the measure's sponsor.
The carrier SkyWest left the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in June 2014. At the same time, the Transportation Security Administration stopped providing screening services at the airport.
The services are necessary because the city of Klamath Falls received a commitment from Alaska-based carrier PenAir last fall to return commercial service to the city. PenAir wants to provide daily flights to Portland.
“Today’s bipartisan vote in the Homeland Security Committee means our bill has been cleared for takeoff in the U.S. House," Walden said in a release. "While there is more work to be done, this is a very important step towards returning commercial air service to Klamath Falls.
"The people of Klamath County deserve safe, reliable air service. Since TSA
won’t restore screening to Klamath Falls on its own--even when a commercial air carrier has expressed a desire to resume flights at the airport--Congress needs to pass a new law forcing them to do so."
Fairness Act would require the TSA
to restore screening services to any airport that lost service after Jan. 1, 2013 and that has a guarantee from a commercial airline to resume service within one year, according to Walden's office.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat whose district abuts Walden's, co-introduced the bill with his Beaver State colleague.