Farmington council says no to Albuquerque route

Posted at: 05/11/2013 1:16 PM
By: The Associated Press

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A proposed subsidized flight from the Four Corners Regional Airport to Albuquerque has been rejected by Farmington city councilors.

The Daily Times reports that councilors decided against the proposal during a special work session Friday. Mayor Tommy Roberts declared that no vote was needed after seeing no interest in the deal from the council.

The city would have been required to subsidize at least $389,813 a year.

If not enough passengers purchased tickets, the city's potential liability could have topped $1.1 million a year.

Currently, Great Lakes Airlines offers four unsubsidized daily flights from Farmington to Denver.

Councilor Dan Darnell says he was worried subsidized flights to Albuquerque on would put New Mexico Airlines in unfair competition with Great Lakes.

Albuquerque serves as a hub for New Mexico Airlines.

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