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Yakima Airport management searching for a second commercial carrier

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima Airport is currently a one option shop, but airport leaders are working to change that.

"Even though you might not see a lot of activity out here there are a lot of things happening because of this airport, this is an economic engine for this area," said Tomas Holbrook, board member, Yakima Airport.

Since 2008 Horizon Air has been the only major carrier out of Yakima, for some this isn't enough, which is why airport management is working to get a second airline to commit.

"About 60,000 people fly on horizon and I think we could probably increase that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent if we could get another carrier in here especially if that carrier flies someplace other than Seattle," said Holbrook.

Airport Manager Mike Redmond tells KNDO he's in talks with Allegiant Air. The carrier provides leisure flights to places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Orlando. Allegiant currently flies out of the Pasco airport. Redmond said Allegiant has some cost saving features they've proposed to the Yakima Airport.

"Nobody wants to spend any money at the moment it's just very very difficult," said Holbrook.

Holbrook and Redmond say the airport infrastructure is there, it may just mean some small changes to bring in another carrier. Redmond will now take Allegiants requests to the board for discussion.