Airport manager Peter Soderquist has researched a plan for bringing commercial air travel to Los Alamos. He is proposing a pilot project in which Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the county subsidize the service, with LANL paying 50 percent of the $150,000 cost and the county covering the rest.
One-way flights would cost $55, about $30 less than the shuttle. With the subsidy, the air service could be profitable with just four or five people on each of the six to nine flights a day.
County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher estimates that if just 4,000 of those passengers spent two nights in Los Alamos, the service would bring in $1.28 million in new meal and lodging revenue per year.