Business leaders say commercial flights from the city airport are ready to begin next May – but design and permitting for needed terminal upgrades will take months, and construction costs aren’t yet clear.
Tag: fly salem
The $850,000 from the Department of Transportation can be used for revenue guarantees for airlines and marketing of local flights, but leaves unresolved the issue of how the city would pay for major terminal upgrades and ongoing staffing needed to support flights.
One commercial airline, Aha!, wrote a letter to the TSA in March expressing interest in serving Salem with a 50-seat plane. But a recent assessment by the agency found that would require a minimum $3.9 million in renovations.