Do you have family on the East Coast? Want to catch a game at Fenway Park? Get caught up on your history in Washington D.C. or take your kid to Walt Disney World Resort? Maybe you’d rather sit on the beach in the Florida Keys, or venture abroad to Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize or Germany?
Those places seem like a world away from the rural, rolling hills of the Palouse, but they don’t have to be.
You have the chance to make a short drive from Moscow, Pullman or the surrounding towns to board a 50-seat passenger jet to another major transportation gateway a reality.
That gateway will take you nonstop to any major city in the United States and a dozen of foreign destinations. That gateway is Denver International Airport.
Jet service to Denver would bring with it 38 new nonstop destinations from Denver for Palouse flyers that Seattle doesn’t offer. With some 450 commercial airports nationwide, that means service to Denver would allow one-stop access to another 8.5 percent of all airports in the U.S.
The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport is collecting letters and pledges to qualify for a U.S. Department of Transportation grant that could help attract United or SkyWest Airlines to provide flights to and from Denver. The letters and pledges are due Monday.
The more letters and pledges, the better chance the U.S. Department of Transportation will award the grant to the local airport.
As of Friday, about $325,000 was pledged — that’s about the 27-percent required local match the USDOT looks for when it awards its Small Community Air Service Development Program grant.
Not everyone in support can pledge; anyone can write a brief letter.
Currently, Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport offers Seattle flights through Alaska Airlines. One new airline to Denver is just one more connection, but it could be the second of many to come at an airport that could one day be a thriving transportation hub of its own.
We’re on board. Consider this our official letter of support. Anyone else in support can send their letter to firstname.lastname@example.org