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Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers
LA County to support SF airport as regional hub

The Los Alamos County Council approved to put $50,000 of economic development funds toward helping the northern New Mexico Air Alliance promote tourism and economic development in the region.

The funds would help promote awareness of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, a 45-minute car ride from Los Alamos County. In exchange, the alliance would promote Los Alamos County and its attractions in its promotional efforts.

“The initiative behind it is to grow the number of flights and the pricing of flights out of the Santa Fe Municipal Airport,” Los Alamos County Economic Development Director Joan Ahlers said.

In the past, Los Alamos County had attempted to lure traffic to Los Alamos through the Los Alamos Airport, but the attempts failed, even though county council opted to subsidize the airlines that would make stops in Los Alamos County whenever they had flights coming in and out of the airport.

New Mexico Airlines attempted to use the airport for 21 months between April 2013 and June 2015. Shortly after, In November 2015, Boutique Airlines put Los Alamos on its route but that too came to end when the president of the airline, Shawn Simpson, terminated the contract with Los Alamos Airport in April 2016. Up until that date, Los Alamos County had been subsidizing the airline for about $550,000 a year.

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