Supervisors give OK to hire $31,000 airport consultant

In an effort to turn around declining ridership and income at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to hiring a $31,000 consultant.

General Services Director Janette Pell called Sixel Air Consulting Group of Eugene, Ore., "a successful air service development firm."

Sixel has provided passenger figures and other services for the local airport since 2002, Pell wrote in a staff report to the Board of Supervisors.

The contract could cost between $20,000 and $31,000.

Should Sixel successfully recruit air service, it would receive a one-time payment of $40,000 per route above the initial expenditure.

Supervisors approved the contract with no discussion.

-Bob Cuddy