Submitted by Roger Gitlin – March 21, 2017 –
Without addressing the hows and the whys that could affect CEC and six other commercial airports in California and scores of other smaller airports across the country, I will say I am not surprised the Administration moved in this direction. It matters not, at this point, this community was lead to believe EAS was “safe.” Nothing of a political nature is safe should be the message. Of course, you know our Del Norte County Board of Supervisors on a 4-1 vote, opted to break the piggy bank and ” go it alone” in building a state of the art terminal at a cost of $2.8 Million. Unless our Board can put aside petty politics and unite to make the case to the Trump Administration the absolute necessity to retain the EAS Service. The alternative, unless there is a dramatic reversal to this direction will be sealed and Essential Air Service will disappear at CEC, I suspect Pen Air will also disappear unless it continues to be subsidized through the end of the $4.3 Million EAS contract, and into the future.
The Terminal is going to be built and the possibility is real that our airport will soon devolve to general aircraft only, with no major carrier. As the supervisor from District 1, I wonder aloud if this item will be addressed at the Border Coast Regional Airport Authority’s monthly meeting or will BCRA call an emergency meeting to discuss and develop a strategy to make the case to retain the Service in Del Norte County.
Make no mistake, If Essential Air Services disappears, the impact will ripple down in a major way to the airport in McKinleyville which offers both SFO and PDX ( Portland ) service. I bring this vital information to your attention so you can be engaged and informed in matters that affect our lives.