Airport crew lobbies United |

Airport crew lobbies United

Michael Schneider

Members of the South Lake Tahoe airport contingency traveled Wednesday to St. George, Utah to meet with Sky West Airlines representatives.

Tom Davis, city council member, said the meeting went well and Sky West representatives want the city to meet with the airline’s parent company, United Airlines.

Davis said Sky West is a commuter airline for United and Continental Airlines under contract to provide service to smaller communities.

Sky West has taken over operations performed by United Express, United Airlines commuter airline, according to Vesta Rea-Gaubert, president of a Houston-based airport marketing firm. She said the airline has experienced significant growth since January and has another growth spurt planned for September.

Davis, City Manager Kerry Miller, Airport Commissioner Keith Swanson and Rea-Gaubert, of Vesta Rea & Associates, spoke to the airline on behalf of the city.

Rea-Gaubert was hired by the city in late 1997 to bring commercial service to the Lake Tahoe Airport. Reports of her termination in another South Shore newspaper were inaccurate, according to Davis.

“She’s still with us, unless she was fired yesterday,” Davis said, pointing out the city’s efforts to secure commercial service for the airport are not going unrecognized in the airline community.

“It’ll be a bumpy and longer road than we anticipated, but the word’s getting around we’re serious,” Davis said.

“The Tahoe marketing team has got their presentation down,” Rea-Gaubert said from her Houston office Thursday. “They know what airlines are looking for and know what buttons to push.”

Sky West joins a long list of prospective airlines visited by the airport contingency, which has included Assistant Airport Manager Janis Brand and members of the South Lake Tahoe business community in past meetings.

The Lake Tahoe Airport has been without scheduled commercial service for more than two years.

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