Victoria Regional Airport receives grant

“Its very very positive and as the community grows the economy here in Victoria grows the need for that air service is going to be more and more important as time grows,” Victoria Regional Airport Manager, Fred Watts said.

Victoria Regional Airport Manager Fred Watts explains why Victoria needs an airport and how this grant will help the airport and community.

“It is meant to help us establish air carrier service to were we’ll eventually won’t need that subsidy,” Watts said.

Commissioners approved the Alternative Essential Air Service program grant at Monday’s Commissioners meeting. This $5.3 million grant will help the Victoria Regional Airport and Texas Sky continue flights to Austin and Houston.

The grant includes several conditions including a passenger quota of 10 passengers per day. the airport is waiting for their final passenger numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“We’re very encouraged and helpful that we’ll be able to report once those numbers are in from the US DOT that we did make the number of enplanements for last year,” Watts said.

Texas Sky used three different programs last year to increase passenger numbers.

“The airline offered one dollar vouchers,$10 ticket program and currently offer a $25 each way ticket until the end of march,” Watts said.

The grant will go towards keeping existing flights running, airline servicing and marketing.