Port Angeles: Airline subsidy from federal government unlikely

Port Angeles has no chance of gaining a federal air subsidy that could help cover an airline’s costs of service between Fairchild and Seattle-Tacoma international airports, a congressional spokesman says.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s subsidy program for isolated rural communities is called Essential Air Service, or EAS.

“Both senators (Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell) and Congressman Dicks have talked to the FAA and officials at the EAS program,” said George Behan, an aide to U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Bremerton.

“We don’t believe there is any possibility at this point of opening that program to provide a subsidy,” Behan told Peninsula Daily News from Dicks’ Washington, D.C., office.

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The rest of the story appears in the Monday Peninsula Daily News Clallam County edition.

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