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Flight plan is taking shape

first_imgPALMDALE – United Airlines will schedule flights between Palmdale and San Francisco to connect to 60 destinations worldwide under its agreement to begin service in June in the high desert. The airline and the city of Palmdale have set a goal of generating $4.4 million with the new commercial service out of the newly renamed L.A./Palmdale Regional Airport. “This is a great, great thing for our valley,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. On Monday, the City Council is expected to approve an incentive plan that will provide $2 million to underwrite any loss incurred by United. The agreement covers a three-year period beginning June 7, the target date for the start of service. Under the agreement, United is required to provide a minimum of 26 flights weekly – 13 departing and 13 arriving. There will be twice-daily departures except for Saturday when there will be just one. The flight schedule is to be available no later than April 1. The agreement does not set fares. However, there is a statement that the fares “shall not vary significantly in price levels or terms and conditions” from those offered for routes of similar distance and in similar-size markets. The financial underwriting is part of a $4.6 million incentive package put together by a coalition of supporters of Palmdale’s airport to lure in an airline. The coalition, called Wheels Up Palmdale, was successful in landing a $900,000 federal grant to help underwrite airline service. Initially, Los Angeles World Airports, the city of Los Angeles’ airports department, was to provide $1.1 million of the financial underwriting, but that obligation has shifted to Palmdale. Constraints in federal regulations on the use of airport revenues prompted the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation to ask that Palmdale pick up that financial obligation. LAWA, however, will provide $1.1 million for marketing the service. “It’s really an accounting issue,” Ledford said. “The money is still the same.” [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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