Border Coast Regional Airport Manager Matthew Leitner and BCRAA Program Manager Susan Daugherty both noted their excitement as they watched the first of the new airport terminal steel wall and roofing beams lowered into place Tuesday afternoon.
Leitner said he was relieved to see things coming together at the terminal, after completing the U.S. Department of Transportation process necessary to begin using Alternate Essential Air Service (AEAS) money that will allow Contour Airlines to fly passengers to Oakland.
Contour CEO Matt Chaifetz said last month he expects operations to be under way in Crescent City by mid-April.
Chaifetz and five other Contour officials were on site Tuesday to look at the current terminal and determine what equipment would be needed to start providing air service to Crescent City.
Leitner estimated construction of the new terminal to be complete by year’s end. At that time, Contour will relocate to the new facility and park its jet out on the landing apron in front.
Early conceptual drawings of the terminal show the roof to have a wing-like shape and a large bank of windows looking out to Castle Rock.
Contour announced special discount rates as part of its inaugural flights set to start April 11.
“To celebrate the launch of the route, Contour is offering an introductory fare of just $49 each way for tickets purchased by March 14th,” a Contour release said.
The new flights represent the first jet airline service in Crescent City and the flight to Oakland takes just over an hour.
“That’s from gate to gate,” Chaifetz said Tuesday. “The actual flying time is about 50 minutes.”
Chaifetz said so far, things are going great for the airline, which has already sold most of its opening tickets for April.
More information about tickets and fares can be found online at contourairlines.com.
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