Cantwell announces $250,000 grant for WW Regional Airport
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced Tuesday that the Walla Walla Regional Airport is receiving a Small Community Air Service Development grant in the amount of $250,000, with $50,000 contributed from the local community.
The grant will support efforts to preserve local commercial air service in the Walla Walla Valley.
Small Community Air Service Development grants are used to either support existing air service or build new service. Walla Walla Regional Airport is served by only one airline, Alaska Airlines, which depends on a certain number of passengers each year to stay viable. The grant will be used to execute a two-year comprehensive marketing plan aimed at increasing the number of air travelers flying in and out of Walla Walla.
According to the Walla Walla Regional Airport, in 2011, 32,127 passengers flew from Walla Walla Regional Airport to Seattle, and 32,002 passengers flew from Seattle to Walla Walla.