Humboldt County may soon be signing a contract with American Airlines for airline service from the Arcata/Eureka Airport (ACV) to Los Angeles (LAX). Currently, the only commercial airline service providing flights out of Humboldt is United. Los Angeles-bound travelers on United must transfer via San Francisco International Airport, converting a 90 minute flight into a full day’s worth of traveling. This is very inconvenient for local business men and women, including attorneys, who have business or family and personal matters to attend to in Southern California, as well as Northern California.
On the down side for local taxpayers, Humboldt County is being asked to sign a contract guaranteeing a minimum amount of revenue to American Airlines. In other words, the County would have to pay the difference if actual revenues don’t measure up to the agreed amount (currently American is asking for $2 million-- $1 million per year for two years).
The County is expected to enter into an agreement by the end of this week and the Board of Supervisors has approved entering into a contract, though nothing final has been signed. The Headwaters Fund is reported to be working on raising $1 million from the private sector to sponsor this new airline service to Los Angeles. Stay tuned!