WALLA WALLA -- Port of Walla Walla commissioners will consider possible fee reductions for Alaska Airlines to help keep local commercial air service.
Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz is recommending cutting the Seattle airline's landing fees and terminal building rent by half for the second part of the year.
Commissioners will consider his proposal at 7 p.m. today at the port's administrative office, 310 A St. The meeting follows a 6:15 p.m. work session and 5:30 p.m. tour of the aviation ramp and airport runways.
Last month, commissioners voted to eliminate $42,600 they would have collected from the airline for aircraft rescue firefighting funds between July and December.
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Alaska officials have told the port that the Walla Walla market not only is not profitable for the airline but operates at a loss for the publicly traded company. The airline has reduced its daily flight schedule Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Throughout the summer, the airline will offer only one daily inbound and outbound flight to Seattle. The two-flight schedule is expected to return at the end of August.
Under Kuntz's proposal, included as a memo to commissioners, the port could save Alaska $10,830 in terminal building rent and $7,200 in landing fees through the end of December. Added to the aircraft rescue and firefighting funds, the total savings to the airline through fee reductions and eliminations would be $60,630.