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Yakima Asking Local Businesses to Help Bring Airlines to Town

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The City of Yakima is asking for help from local businesses to bring more airlines to town.

City Manager Tony O'Rourke says the city will vote Tuesday on a contract for a new airport consultant.

He hopes to hire "Air-Planners," a company that helps cities build public-private alliances to attract new air service.

O'Rourke says they can bring in new airlines if businesses will help ensure the number of seats sold on each flight.

"Several years ago, they did underwrite the Delta flights. So, I think, particularly businesses, understand there's a necessity to improve air service. It's important for them to have access to this airport and for convenience," O'Rourke said.

It will cost the city $65,000 to hire the consultants.

O'Rourke says there are airlines interested in flying in and out of Yakima, if they can guarantee the flights.

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