County Council Approves Study Money For Airport

October 22, 2014
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SkyWest(Moab Utah)- In a unanimous vote, Tuesday, the Grand County Council approved spending up to 270-thousand dollars for updating the Canyonlands Airport Master Plan. The idea is, to speed up the process to improve the runway to handle 50 passenger regional jets. The move was prompted by recent news from SkyWest that it plans to phase out its aging fleet of 30 passenger turboprop aircraft. In a presentation to the Council, Airport Manager Judd Hill told the Council that the regional airline industry is moving more and more toward regional jets. “we need to adapt to meet our coverage”.  He told KCYN-KCPX…

Both Hill and Travel Council Director Marion Delay told the council of dramatic increases in tourism in Moab, some of which is fueld by the good service from SkyWest. Visitation to Arches is up by 17 percent year to date, over any previous year. Visitation in Canyonlands is up over 10 percent. And the Grand County Portion of the Transient Room Tax is up 14 per cent year to date. Delay said visitors to Moab spend at least $130 dollars per day per person. Hill says SkyWest does not want to lose Moab as a market, planes seats are sold out, they are making money, they like us.

 

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