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Up, up and away: Air service OK’d

by Sarah Gonser

It’s official -two airlines will begin commercial service this summer at Lake Tahoe Airport.

Operating agreements with Allegiant Air and Tahoe Air were approved Tuesday by the South Lake Tahoe City Council.

“We’ve been working long and hard to reinstate air service at the Lake Tahoe Airport,” said Kerry Miller, city manager. “This is big moment for us.”

Allegiant Air, a certificated carrier based in Fresno, Calif., will begin service June 3 to Las Vegas and Burbank, Calif. The 107-passenger DC9-51H jet aircraft will fly four days a week, twice a day. If there is enough demand, the airline could expand to a third daily flight and service seven days a week.

“Tahoe has been good to us and has been in our plans since day one,” said Jim Patterson, Allegiant Air president. “We need to prime the pump and let people know that Tahoe is back – this will have to be a big community effort.”

Tahoe Air, operating a 110-passenger B737-200 hush-kitted jet plane under certification with Casino Express Airlines, will begin service to Los Angeles and San Jose – seven days a week, five times a day – beginning at the end of June, possibly the beginning of July.

“We are Tahoe-based and are developing services exclusively for the basin,” said Bruce Wetsel, Tahoe Air president. “We must succeed in Tahoe not only for the sake of our employees but for the economic well-being of the community.”

The airport Master Plan allows 10 flights a day during peak seasons and eight a day during shoulder periods. The Council can annually adjust the Annual Daily Departures.

The council also approved a concession agreement with Hertz Rent A Car.

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