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SLO County Regional Airport looks to add flights to Seattle or Portland

With Bishop Peak in the distance, a US Airways flight from Phoenix prepares for landing at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
With Bishop Peak in the distance, a US Airways flight from Phoenix prepares for landing at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport officials are pursuing the potential to add direct flights to the Pacific Northwest — to either Seattle or Portland — through Alaska Airlines.

“We are not in active negotiations,” said Craig Piper, assistant general manager. “It is one of the airlines we are courting to try and bring service to San Luis Obispo.”

Airport officials are also still trying to establish service to and from Denver with SkyWest airlines. Airport management and community stakeholders met with the airline in Utah in April.

However, no deals have been made.

“The discussion for the Denver route is still ongoing but not going as well as we had hoped,” said Piper, adding that a lot of factors such as airlines cutting capacity, pilot availability and availability of aircraft are at play.

A market study done earlier this year to evaluate the potential for attracting additional commercial flights to the airport determined that flights to Seattle are in slightly more demand than those to Denver. The top two destinations sought by local travelers? Las Vegas and Phoenix.

The airport has two commercial airlines, United and US Airways, which offer direct flights to Los Angeles, Phoenix and San Francisco.

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