Chico airport from my window on 1 December
I was on Horizon Air’s very first flight in March 2007 from Santa Rosa to Los Angeles and back.  That was a festive occasion, and the culmination of years of hard work by many committed people in a region that persevered on a …

3 December 2014  Air service in Chico

The Airline Attraction Committee, a joint effort of the Chico Chamber of Commerce, the City of Chico, and the Airport Commission, created a Community Travel Survey to gauge air travel use and attitudes among residents of Chico and surrounding communities, as well as by those who live elsewhere but visit …

12 November 2014  Air service in Chico

Next Thursday, 13 March, at 6 pm, the Chico Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a meeting to discuss Chico’s commercial air service.  All interested members of the Chico area business community, Chamber members or not, are encouraged to attend.
The headlining speaker at the event will be Paul Kelley, a four …

6 March 2014  Air service in Chico

Most people who fly out of Chico to San Francisco on United Express do so in order to connect with a flight to a further destination.  Furthermore prices have historically been relatively high for those only flying the short segment to SFO.
But right now the fares for travel purely between …

10 January 2014  Air service in Chico,Airlines

For readers of the “Air Service in Chico” series, you may be wondering if there is any path to improving the service we have or to seek additional service.
While there isn’t a kit backed by a money-back guarantee that a medium sized city like Chico can purchase to “Get Better …

3 October 2013  Air service in Chico

In the previous post I looked at the issue of expansion of air service in the existing Chico-San Francisco market.  Here in part 2, I’m going to write about airlines adding service to other cities.
In the now rather distant past, Chico had commercial air service to cities other than San …

9 September 2013  Air service in Chico

There are two ways we can seek to expand.  One is for United to increase the frequency of service in our existing Chico-San Francisco market.  The other is to work for flights to new destinations.
In this post I’ll focus on expansion in our existing San Francisco market.  This is the …

9 July 2013  Air service in Chico

In an amusing 1966 movie from my childhood, “The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming”, there is a scene where a Russian in heavily accented English shouts, “Emergency, emergency – everyone to get from street”.
For reasons not clear to me, this scene came to my mind as a light …

23 June 2013  Running

In my previous post, “Air Service in Chico – Preserve“, I stressed the importance of retaining the flights we already have to San Francisco.
Essential to retaining that service, and with some luck getting United to add frequency to San Francisco, is taking steps to actively promote the existing service.
First, three …

18 June 2013  Air service in Chico

Of the three themes, “Preserve” is the simplest to explain.  It means that we must retain the existing SkyWest/United Express service to San Francisco.
Yes, most Chico-area passengers currently fly out of Sacramento, but if Chico service ended there would no longer even be the possibility of flying out of Chico. …

15 May 2013  Air service in Chico
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