Possible Budget Cuts Could Hurt Utah Air Service

Possible Budget Cuts Could Hurt Utah Air Service

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) -- Possible budget cuts could hurt some air service to Vernal, Moab and Cedar City.

The White House is proposing a cut in assistance to rural air carriers from 102 (M)million dollars this year to 50 (M)million dollars next year.

Managers at Utah airports whose air carriers relay on the program say the impact could be severe.

Last year, the Cedar City carrier, Sky West, received just over 836-thousand dollars in federal subsidies.

Salmon Air, based in Salmon, Idaho, received about 600-thousand dollars for its routes to Vernal and other 675-thousand dollars for its service to Moab.

The manager of the Vernal airport said if they don't have the subsidy, he doesn't think they could make a profit. He said the tickets would have to be so high that people wouldn't use it.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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