ST. GEORGE – The St. George Municipal Airport will be getting a name change in the future thanks to a measure passed by the St. George City Council Thursday.
The city’s airport advisory council recommended that the name of the airport be changed to the St. George Regional Airport in order to accurately denote the range of services available.
“As a regional airport, one of the benefits that comes with it, it denotes a larger airport – more safety services, more corporate airline services are available,” Richard Stehmeier, St. George Municipal Airport manager, told the City Council.
The airport has always functioned as a regional one with the associated safety and commercial services. Yet, the current name gives the impression the airport lacks those services, Stehmeier said, and changing it will help with marketing purposes.
“When you think municipal, you don’t think of those kind of things,” Stehmeier said.
The City Council unanimously approved the name change which is estimated to run the city between $7,000-$9,000 to cover needed sign changes.
Stehmeier said he is also pursuing a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration for around $400,000-$450,000 for the airport.
The city won’t know if the grant will be awarded until later this year, he said, but if it is, it will be used to fund the creation of new travel routes out of the airport to destinations like Phoenix, or once again provide regular service to Los Angeles.
Different airlines are being approached about the possibility of creating a new route or routes should the grant go through. If it does, the funds will be used to help cover much of the airline’s start up costs or the new route, Stehmeier said.
It is the same process the city went through in order to gain funding for the creation of the air route to Denver via SkyWest Airlines. The new route opened in June 2013.
SkyWest dropped regular flights to Los Angeles prior to beginning service to Denver.
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